2017 St Patrick's Day Schools' Finals


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Live coverage of both St Colman's v St Mary's Magherafelt in the MacRory Cup final and Methodist College v RBAI in the Schools' Cup final.


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Afternoon. It is March 17, 2017. Happy St Patrick's Day. Welcome to

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Armagh. Welcome to the Danske Bank MacRory Cup final. The teams have

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arrived. St Mary's Magherafelt first in the hand first off the bus. Will

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it be a first for them this afternoon? They have the game faces

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on. They know they are in the big one hand on the cusp of history. And

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then St Colman's of Newry. A Crossmaglen man captaining them this

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afternoon. Rian O'Neill. There he is. He is very much in the zone.

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They have come out in their numbers on St Patrick's Day. Selfies

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all-round. And they are all after the big one. To my immediate left,

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the Masterchef and blaster footballer. It is a big day for all

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concerned? It is a big day. It is a great day for the grassroots of the

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association. St Patrick's Day has always been synonymous with clubs

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and the grassroots. There will be a lot of young lads who will find

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their feet today. We are looking forward to it. What are you

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expecting today? I've saw them both in the semifinals. Really looking

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forward to it. We had a one-sided match last year. Today will be

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tighter. Great players on show. The teams are ready. First out it is St

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Mary's of Magherafelt. Here comes the big -- great big crew. They

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appeared first in the final in 1996, then back in 2003. Up goes the roar.

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Led out by Declan Cassidy. What a day for them. Can they win it.

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Thomas Niblock has been to the convent.

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To understand the future, you have to learn from the past. For St

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Mary's it has been two finals, two defeats, both to St Patrick's

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Magherafelt. However, a recent wind change has brought St Mary's to

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life. Part-time free taker. With the semifinal replay level, a

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last-minute free and a last-minute free taker changed the footballing

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landscape in South Derry for this year at least. I decided I would

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kick it. I knew it was a pressure kick but I decided to put my mind

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blank and take it like any other free. I knew it was a serious kick.

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But I was glad to see it go over. True happiness. I couldn't believe

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it. I couldn't believe it. Get the ball is moving through the

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hands. The Devlin link is an important one.

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Ronan is the first GAA coordinator to be employed by a school. His

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brother died in 2015, a superbly talented footballer with a real

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connection to this current squad. When Aaron was training to be a

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physio. He volunteered his own time. The play-off game, quarterfinal,

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against Armagh. I thought it was a real nice night. To me it was bigger

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than the game. We spoke about Aaron before the game. I think even the

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mention of his name gave our boys a little bit extra. He was a great

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player himself. It was great to have someone like him with us. He will be

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with us on Friday. And now St Colman's, the most

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successful school in the history of the MacRory Cup. 27 final

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appearance. They are going for a 20th title. Today marks a much

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storeyed occasion for the McIlroy family. The closing of a circle

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which was first opened way back in 1949.

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Here is Thomas again. Today St Colman's College are going

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for a record 20th MacRory Cup. Their first was back in 1949, followed by

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another a year later. PJ McIlroy was in blue and white. This week he

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presented the current manager with a gift. Two MacRory Cup medals which

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we won in 1949 and 1950. I thought I would let you see them, let the boys

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see them. It gives them a bit of incentive. If it gives them 5% more,

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that is all you want. It wasn't just MacRory Cups PJ won back-to-back. He

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was backed -- part of the Down team that won the all Ireland titles in

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1960 and 1961. Today his grandson plays for St Colman's. He brought

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his grandson back to the college. Which was the most special? The

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first one. The second was a bonus, really. That is the second year.

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1950. There was a wind blowing straight down the field. We scored

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11 points to nil. They scored 14 points before we replied. In the

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second half we scored 13 points. One point in our favour. It was scary

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stuff. You came here just after the war,

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didn't you? Yes, 1946. It was a fairly robust dean at the time. I

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don't ever remember getting on the wrong side of him, but if you did,

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God help you. There are some of them still around!

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PJ McIlroy still looking fit as a flea. What would it mean to win it?

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Let's here from the respective captains. Rian O'Neill and Declan

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Cassidy. Declan Cassidy, St Mary's. Ever

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since I joined this team in fifth year that is really all I have

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thought about, lifting the MacRory Cup, every free period, every class

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you're in. Whenever you are bored, you are thinking about football. Now

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we are in the final, 90% of my thoughts is on this matter. 16

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minutes away from possibly the biggest achievement of my life. My

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name is Rian O'Neill. St Colman's college Newry. It would mean

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everything to me. That is the main reason I came to the school. To get

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your name on the college wall. That is all you want to do when you come

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into the college. It would mean the world not just to me but all the

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lads to win on the 17th. We are nothing if not balanced here.

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We have brought you two old boys for the price of one. Thomas Niblock and

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Eunan McConville, formerly of St Mary's and formerly of St Colman's.

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Given euro chasing a 20th title today, have you been keeping the

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peace? So far, so good. For the college, football runs through it. I

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bumped into three former colleges stars, three guys that all have

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MacRory Cup medals. That is just taking a dander down the sideline.

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Thomas, you played MacRory Cup for Magherafelt against St Colman's

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and...? St Colman's won. It is unbelievable how much of effect a

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competition like this on you. I remember people asking me if it was

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more important to get A-levels or MacRory Cup. I said MacRory Cup was

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more important. There is nothing more important in their lives than

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winning today. It may seem like a game of football, but it is a

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massive -- it has a massive effect at 16, 17. Do a quick handshake.

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Handshakes all round. There are the respective principles of the

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schools. Cormac Murphy Neill St Colman's. And Deirdre Gillespie of

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St Mary's Magherafelt. They know each other very well. Let's bring

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the boys in. Roisin and Orion. It's almost showtime. How will it go? It

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is fair to say that both of these schools are poles apart as far as

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the tradition goes. St Colman's going for a 20th title, St Mary's

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for their first. If you had seen these teams before Christmas, you

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wouldn't have expected them to be in the final. They have improved in

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every single game since then. Both semifinals were tight. I expected to

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be tied. I think we are in for a treat. -- tight. St Colman's of the

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tradition but St Mary's have the hunger, a little bit like the only

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goal winning an all Ireland title? I don't know about that! I'm looking

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forward to today. Conditions may have a bearing on it. The young lads

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will just go out and play and enjoy the occasion. There is a great

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crowd, great atmosphere. One late change for St Colman's, the

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goalkeeper. A more established goalkeeper has gone in. Mike Nugent

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picked up and injury earlier in the year. He hasn't struggling to get

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back. He is back in there. The young lad who went in has done really well

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but he wasn't an established keeper. St Colman's will be glad to have

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Michael Nugent back today. How big a role well supporters play? For these

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young men this is arguably the biggest day of their short careers.

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When you run out on the pitch at first, I'm taken away by it. The

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noise is unbelievable. When they run out on the pitch they will take it

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all in. They will be taking it all in. When the ball is thrown in, they

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will be ready to go. Thank you very much. It is most showtime. The 2017

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Danske Bank MacRory Cup final, St Mary's of Magherafelt taking on St

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Colman's of Newry. Your commentary team, John Rafferty alongside Thomas

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Niblock. Thank you. We're ready for action in

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the 2017 Danske Bank MacRory Cup. We cannot wait. Odhran Lynch for

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Magherafelt between the sticks. Saved a penalty in the semifinal. At

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the edge of the square is the important person, Tiernan McAteer.

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He scored a last minute, 40 metre free kick in the semifinal. He is

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their top scorer. He is one to watch for St Colman's. As for Newry

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college, one late change. Goalkeeper Michael Nugent comes in for Mark

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Magill. He is between the sticks. A strong defence and a strong

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half-backs line. Particularly Branniff. The one to watch, Rian

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O'Neill, the captain. He is a prolific scorer. His Crossmaglen

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team-mate, Jean McConville, at the edge of the square. There is Rian

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O'Neill. Special player, special talent. He has alerted the interest

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of Australian rules clubs. A quick word from John Rafferty. You know

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about these boys. You are a former St Colman's student and you played

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against St Mary's. We just pause for the anthem.

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Colman 's Nicola Holloway chilly Hoy, -- Nicolette Hoy, from County

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Armagh. What a job Martin McNally has from County Monaghan. The

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referee the 2016 McRory Cup final. Plays senior football for his glove.

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Here is the bond brothers, the St Mary's team, last-minute

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preparations, delivering the speech. Declan Cassidy, that flamboyant red

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hair, pushing everybody, getting them sites to the teeth, ready for

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battle. If a picture could tell a thousand words, that would be Declan

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Cassidy absolutely pumped. Looks as if there are tears coming out of his

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eyes. That is what it means, John Rafferty? A massive day for these

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youngsters. People have to realise, they are youngsters. You are looking

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back two, three generations, families who have succeeded in

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McRory Cup. You have McEnroe, playing for Colman's. What we are

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set for, is a cracking game of football. The ball is thrown in, we

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are in the final of the 2017 McRory Cup. Nobody game near him, polls it

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inside, Finn McIlroy. Intelligent ball so the half forward line. Here

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is the number 12, McDonnell, still going for the shot. Not going to

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curl in enough. What an opportunity for St Colman's. Great opportunity,

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to be brutally honest. Young McIlroy had the young fellow on his

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shoulder. You have to acknowledge the bravery of the defence. This has

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been a hallmark of St Mary's, brave and talented. Superb blocking by

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Conor McCluskey. Cassidy decides to go forward, opts to go backwards.

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Just getting into the same Colman 's half. The ball has gone loose, but

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Magherafelt win it. Matthew under severe pressure. A strong boy

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at halfback, that has been a seam of same

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-- a theme of St Colman's. We have the options. Matthew McCreesh.

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Giving it away. Good tackle, that time by Verity. -- Doherty. It is

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hell for leather with Saint Commons. Very measured, very controlled. This

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Magherafelt team are very assured with the ball in their hands.

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Devlin has been brought in as a coordinator in the school, for Gayla

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games, the first time the college has gone down that route. A signal

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of intent. And never wide for Newry. The Board of Governors and principal

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in the continent, I hope you don't mind me still calling them a

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convent. Most people do. They deserve real encouragement are

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putting their money where their mouth is, when it comes to

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increasing the possibilities for the youngsters. They have a passionate

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man, passionate Londonderry man, passionate convent man. The first

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run at it, in the McRory Cup final. Opportunity to get the scores up and

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running, 30s poor. Most unlike him. Hitting that with the left boot.

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Superb Gaelic footballer. Someone with a talent of that, you would

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expect him to pop it over the bar. He is Jim's young fella, as soon as

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he gets one, to get settled, the sooner the better. He will get on

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with it. He comes from great start. St Mary's winning the breaking ball.

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Straight into the welcoming hands of Mark Braniff. Switches the play,

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tries to get it into the full forward. Wonderful defence by

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McCluskey. He got that knock a few minutes ago. Trying to get the ball

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up, he was soccer styling it down the sideline. Brilliant defence. I

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will tell you one thing, Magherafelt have come forward twice, not getting

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anything out of it. There is a resolute defence. Not fouling, not

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cynical, honest and hard-working. That will be hard for Saint Commons

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to breakdown. Kelly bursting his way through. Trying to play it inside.

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Adam Conway does well to secure possession. Leans back, plenty of

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height, just lacking direction. A bitter composure required. They are

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only children, at 17, they think when they get the laces, the world

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is their oyster. This will take 1050 -- 10-50 minutes for them to settle.

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What an implements Kevin Brady has made since coming into the college,

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around five years ago. It is a misdirected pass, sideline ball.

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No score, six minutes gone, does that surprise you? I am a bit

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surprised. Two cracking forwards. That is a wonderful point, absolute

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superb. Long pass inside, first time we have seen the talented Kevin

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small. Hands above his head, pluck it out the sky, controls, sweeping

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onto right foot. A sign of a competitively classy player. He gave

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his opponent a little touch afterwards to let him know it is in

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the ascendancy. We have the mark from the kick outs, but fetching it

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on the edge of the square is a real talent. Cassidy, and another man on

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the left-hand side, Connelly on the left-hand side. Surely a foul. Just

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as either 21. Well won in the end by Liam Quinn. Without a doubt, he

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played centre half, forward in both semifinals. Very effective.

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Extremely effective player. Runs off the astute. Clever kicking the ball

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into him. Definitely was a free. Daniel Bradley, just 16 years of

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age. Playing centre forward today, showing no pressure whatsoever. The

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Magherafelt crew displaying their voice. They have a little run, this

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is their chance. Settle the nerves, putting a bit of pressure onto St

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Colman's. To get their first score on the board. Takes the one player,

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goes down, gives possession a break in those bright orange boots of Adam

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Connelly. Difficult to miss. Another man in coloured boots is the

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captain. St Mary's trying to move forward in every opportunity. When

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it is bottled up, no problem going backwards. Lovely toe tappers that

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St Mary's bringing this game to Magherafelt. Fantastic defence, all

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of a sudden the break on. Players coming through unmarked. Options

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right or left. Foul. That is not the worst thing that could have happened

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for Magherafelt. Two players down the right-hand side unmarked. Ten

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and 13 running from deep. O'Neill is the most consistent kicker in the

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competition. This will get same Colman is started. -- get St

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Colman's started. They are traditionally known as a great ball

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for kick passing. Great strike to get them started. Unbelievable

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confidence. I was speaking to his mother and grandmother on the way to

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the ground. Two very nervous women. Is not what you associate with that

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man. His whole family are steeped in GAA, they have it running through

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their veins. Also ice water when it comes to free kicks. St Mary's going

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to try and win it, they do that. Cassidy tackled from behind, does

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well to hold onto the ball. Tries to spit it out. Into the hands of a

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white jersey. Great play, can they get the score. Quinn going for the

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shot, hitting it over the bar. The score of the game. Young Quinn

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proving to be a handful in there. He gets ball popped in front of him, he

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would do damage. Michael Nugent with the kick out. Absolutely perfect. As

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well to pick out a St Colman's player. Trying to take them on

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again. Still maintaining possession. A chip off the block, that boy. Jim

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was good at the twisting and turning. They do not get the free

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this time, going for the shot, deflected, it will be a 45 for St

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Colman's Newry. That man has plenty to think about. He is a great

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player, St Colman's through and through. Canon Stevenson welcomed

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him back into the front of the school, and said welcome home. I

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could remember lifting him as a lad, two years behind me in school. Same

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Colman 's ad Croke Park in a final. He is St Colman's through and

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through. Despite all the bits and pieces said about him, he keeps

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coming back year after year. Looking for his third title as a coach,

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lifting him into the upper echelons of McRory Cup managers. Back-to-back

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McRory cups. That is phenomenal. There are intercounty players who

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would struggle to do that. Intercounty three players who would

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struggle that. Kicking it up the hill into the breeze. A bad foul.

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O'Neill straightaway over to the referee. This could be problems. Get

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the yellow card. A heavy challenge. More awkward, no malice, a big man

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in the middle of the field. He has to be very careful. McCann picking

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up the yellow card. Murphy coming forward. Why is Cassidy. Goes one

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way, then the next. Trying to find some help. Fiennes

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-- he finds Doherty. Lovely touch into Daniel Bradley. Dropping short.

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Same Colman 's come away with it. Comfortable are collected in the end

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by McCarthy, the full-back. St Colman's trying to build from the

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fence. Open enough game? You have to acknowledge, we have 13 men behind

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the ball, when they get the ball, they want to go forward. None of

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this site is side carry on. Awkward bounce, chance of a goal. Coming off

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one of the same Colman 's players. Must've taken a deflection off Kevin

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small. Harmless Paul Lim, causing havoc into the square. This could

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have been a goal. Young Small, small by name, not small by nature, a big,

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able fellow. He will cause a lot of bother, if he gets more support, or

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better bulls. St Colman's on the attack. This is

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bad news first St Mary's. Off the crossbar and over the bar. A superb

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point from Jack McCartan. That was absolutely class. The link play was

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once again Rian O'Neill. Three points apiece. You can see St

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Colman's growing into the game. Quality passes. Jack McCartan gets

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it. I remember his uncle, Jim, captaining St Colman's. That is what

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they are all about there, quality kick passing and honesty in their

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play. St Colman's on the attack yet again. All the players so

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comfortable on the ball. Dangerous ball into the square. Brilliantly

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won on the edge of the square from Matthew Loughran.

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A two man full forward line to aim at. Kevin Small is at the edge of

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the square. Tries to get enough bend in it. It drops into the hands of

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Michael Nugent. A couple of balls he has had to pick up. The confidence

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of Kevin Small is heartening for the convent. They are happy putting the

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ball into him. He has young Quinn beside him. They are both capable of

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kicking scores. Another ball dropped short into the hands of the

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goalkeeper. That is three balls dropped short. St Mary's need to

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make these opportunities count. This is the time when they have to keep

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the scoreboard ticking. Here comes Young McConville. Jean McConville

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did well. -- Jean McConville. Lovely spin and turn from Aaron

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Gribben. Potted over the bar. Right foot, left foot, that is incredible.

:33:24.:33:28.

That is the marginal difference between the teams at the minute.

:33:29.:33:34.

Three into the keeper's hands. Three lively forwards. Gribbin kicked a

:33:35.:33:43.

lovely score. The tradition is coming into these fellows. They know

:33:44.:33:46.

how to play when it comes to MacRory Cup final day. Magherafelt on the

:33:47.:33:54.

attack again. Brilliantly won by Liam Quinn. Trying to take on his

:33:55.:33:59.

man. It doesn't have the direction. Another opportunity wasted. A

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scratch of the head. The managers have things to think about. It is

:34:06.:34:13.

hard work down there! It is easier up here than it is down there. At

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the end of the day convent are doing everything right but they don't have

:34:18.:34:24.

the scores on the board yet. Kevin Brady directing operations. St

:34:25.:34:34.

Colman's starting to exert their dominance in this game now, perhaps.

:34:35.:34:38.

They are only one point ahead. They are winning all of the breaking ball

:34:39.:34:40.

in the middle of the field. Aaron Gribben did well to picket up.

:34:41.:34:55.

Lovely dummy. Just dropped it. The referee has brought it back for the

:34:56.:35:04.

initial foul. A free kick. You have to acknowledge Martin McNally, 17

:35:05.:35:06.

minutes into the game and we haven't mentioned him. He is completely

:35:07.:35:15.

anonymous. If the convent foul anywhere inside of the goal, you

:35:16.:35:18.

would imagine that St Colman's will punish them. Good refereeing. Two

:35:19.:35:25.

from two. Trying to make it three from three. Off the deck.

:35:26.:35:36.

Old-fashioned. Punched away. Magherafelt win the ball. It is a

:35:37.:35:38.

free kick. Cassidy... Moving his way through.

:35:39.:36:02.

Trying to play it inside. Brilliantly won in the end by Peter

:36:03.:36:08.

Fegan. St Colman's yet again on the break. Matthew McCreesh. Trying to

:36:09.:36:16.

take on his man. He does. Gives it to Jack McCartan. Ride on the

:36:17.:36:23.

sideline. Weaving his way through. -- right. Another free kick. That

:36:24.:36:30.

speaks volumes for itself, that one move along. Fegan was doing great

:36:31.:36:36.

defending in his own square. Son of Paul Fegan. He knocks the ball to

:36:37.:36:45.

Matthew McRee show, whose father one a MacRory Cup. He knocked the ball

:36:46.:36:51.

onto Jack McCartan. The McCartans are synonymous with MacRory Cup

:36:52.:36:55.

success. This is the tradition oozing through the school at the

:36:56.:36:56.

present time. The ball goes wide. An opportunity

:36:57.:37:09.

goes begging. A single score between the sides. Ten minutes until the

:37:10.:37:14.

break. The convent will be happy enough with where there are. If they

:37:15.:37:23.

can just get a few more scores. They will be confident that they are

:37:24.:37:27.

competitive and they have a half chance. A diagonal pass from

:37:28.:37:42.

Cassidy. It has gone out of play. The linesman is not sure which way

:37:43.:37:46.

it has gone. It has gone to St Mary's. The linesman a wee bit late

:37:47.:37:54.

with the decision but I think he got it right. St Colman's, way with it.

:37:55.:38:07.

It would be a free out. The win was a massive factor during the McLarnon

:38:08.:38:15.

game. We will see highlights at half-time. We'll St Mary's be

:38:16.:38:20.

disappointed where they are at now taking that into perspective due I

:38:21.:38:27.

definitely think a few shots that dropped short... Those four shots

:38:28.:38:38.

dropped short, they could come back to haunt St Mary's in the second

:38:39.:38:44.

half. Liam Quinn goes to the sideline. St Mary's come away with

:38:45.:38:50.

it. Long ball into the full-forward line.

:38:51.:39:05.

McIlroy snatches it back. St Mary's on the charge yet again. Doherty.

:39:06.:39:22.

The incoming challenge was strong but he did well. Declan Cassidy.

:39:23.:39:30.

Trying to find some help. Cormac Murphy. Eamon Kelly weaving his way

:39:31.:39:41.

through the defence. Good play. It has opened up. Just a little too

:39:42.:39:46.

far. The goalkeeper comes away with it. The referee has given a free

:39:47.:39:51.

out. It looks as if it was the St Colman's player who found the

:39:52.:39:59.

goalkeeper. Now, now Thomas, you are supposed to be impartial! I would

:40:00.:40:01.

say the referee made the right decision. Nugent secured the first

:40:02.:40:07.

touch and add the feed knocked from under him. We are not going to fall

:40:08.:40:15.

out! Not yet anyway! I was in both colleges during the week. I asked

:40:16.:40:18.

the players to describe their managers in three words. A creative

:40:19.:40:23.

genius, three inspirationals. And these are the words students used

:40:24.:40:31.

for Kevin Brady. He has made a real big impact. He has the respect of

:40:32.:40:36.

the players. Kevin was a very skilful player for Antrim. If he had

:40:37.:40:40.

been playing with other counties he may have had more plaudits. He won a

:40:41.:40:48.

Sigurdsson cop. He was well respected as being an excellent

:40:49.:40:51.

footballer all through his county career. -- Sigurosson cup.

:40:52.:41:00.

It wouldn't surprise me if he ends at the end of this move, McIlroy.

:41:01.:41:09.

What a battle McCluskey and McConville are having today. A good

:41:10.:41:15.

intelligent pass to Jack McCartan. Conor O'Neill. O'Neill buries the

:41:16.:41:24.

shoulder. It was out. It has gone wide. Both coaches need to be

:41:25.:41:33.

acknowledged for the discipline in the tackling. There is no cynical

:41:34.:41:36.

pulling and dragging. They are moving their feet. They are tackling

:41:37.:41:43.

the ball. Fair play to both coaches. St Mary's haven't scored for 15

:41:44.:41:49.

minutes. It is a long time. They need to get a score just to get

:41:50.:41:51.

saddle. -- settled. The two number fives. McErlain dips

:41:52.:42:16.

the shoulder. Gives it to Conor Devlin. -- Conall Devlin. In comes

:42:17.:42:24.

the kick. It is over. That is a great score. A county minor,

:42:25.:42:36.

confident, kicks a great score. That settles the confidence. That breaks

:42:37.:42:43.

the 15 minutes. The battle between McIlroy and Cassidy is terrific. So

:42:44.:42:49.

clean. And tactically so important. I have no doubt we will be talking

:42:50.:42:53.

about those players for many years to come across. Sean Kelly tackled

:42:54.:43:00.

by Rian O'Neill. The referee doesn't blow. An opportunity for St

:43:01.:43:09.

Colman's. It goes wide. That is most unlike them. Young Gribben was

:43:10.:43:16.

outside him. He might have had the better shot. I have been

:43:17.:43:20.

particularly impressed by Jack McCartan. In many teams wing have

:43:21.:43:29.

forwards do not get any benefit. -- half. Jack McCartan has worked his

:43:30.:43:35.

socks off. Three words to describe that man, Carl Murray. Ruthless,

:43:36.:43:44.

loves the GAA. Don't drop it short. I spent last Thursday in the school.

:43:45.:43:48.

I asked the players to put on their boots so we could get a nice shot of

:43:49.:43:55.

them coming out. I thought he would take their head off my shoulders! I

:43:56.:43:59.

could give you three words to describe him as well but we would

:44:00.:44:02.

have to put it on after nine o'clock. Kevin Small pops it over

:44:03.:44:11.

the bar. His second point today. A point that Magherafelt badly needed.

:44:12.:44:15.

17 minutes without a score until the last two. Popped it over. Kevin

:44:16.:44:22.

Small is having a very good game. If there is a wee bit of space in the

:44:23.:44:28.

second half and the ball drops, Kevin Small will have a big

:44:29.:44:34.

influence on the game. Brilliant catch by Ryan Garvey. Tasty return

:44:35.:44:47.

pass. The referee blows for a foul. Some of the basic skills today are

:44:48.:44:55.

absolutely excellent. Rian O'Neill tried to give it inside. That was

:44:56.:45:01.

well done by MacDonald. He was under pressure. Outside of the boot. Look

:45:02.:45:09.

at that. It will be a free out. That was some pass by Rian O'Neill.

:45:10.:45:23.

Cassidy is still going, his third year laying McRory Cup double. Shot

:45:24.:45:37.

from distance. Wonderful score. Superb point, three on the bounce.

:45:38.:45:43.

Young Cassidy doing very well. Slipping away from Young Roma.

:45:44.:45:50.

Could not get the pressure on him. -- young McIlroy. They tried to keep

:45:51.:46:10.

it in play. Amazing you don't score in 15 minutes, and you can hit that

:46:11.:46:14.

little purple patch. If you let your opponent play at this level, you

:46:15.:46:21.

will be punished. High ball into the square, it will be free in. Kevin

:46:22.:46:32.

small causing big problems. Does not matter which way it goes, the lad is

:46:33.:46:39.

giving away a physicality to Young's more-macro. The sweeper is not

:46:40.:46:45.

blocking the ball in front of him. He has to be marking in front, which

:46:46.:46:52.

he cannot do. It is popped over the bar. Second point, he says it is an

:46:53.:47:03.

honour to be trained by the great Jim McKeever. Second point today.

:47:04.:47:12.

Three points between the side, as we approach our time. McIlroy

:47:13.:47:19.

surrounded by three jerseys. Good tackling. The convent is making hay

:47:20.:47:34.

while the sun shines. Sean O'Neill told me either side of our times

:47:35.:47:41.

when you make the impact. It is Matthew McCreesh. Captain of his

:47:42.:47:48.

club, said it is the biggest honour in his football career. That could

:47:49.:47:54.

change over the next 45, 50 minutes. Real chance of a goal. Opportunity

:47:55.:48:00.

to score, great save from the goalkeeper. The danger is still not

:48:01.:48:07.

clear. The shot comes in, Gribbin knocking it over the bar. A poor

:48:08.:48:13.

decision from McDonnell, he had him free at the far post. Great save,

:48:14.:48:25.

keeping the convent in it. Great save from Lynch. Fantastic. He saved

:48:26.:48:33.

a penalty against Saint Paul's. Straight down the field in the

:48:34.:48:39.

attack. What a score, Liam Quinn has made a massive impact. So sharp. The

:48:40.:48:44.

minute the ball left his boot, you could see his right hand in the air,

:48:45.:48:48.

celebrating before it even crossed the crossbar. Loving the

:48:49.:48:56.

decision-making processes. The ball was flicked on. Created the

:48:57.:48:58.

opportunity at the top end of the field. McDonnell was my decision to

:48:59.:49:04.

go for the ball when a man is inside him. Tiny decisions can make the

:49:05.:49:15.

difference in a game like this. Fascinating battle. Both men giving

:49:16.:49:19.

it absolutely everything here. Braneff looked in trouble. Good

:49:20.:50:03.

refereeing again. Same Colman 's have closed the gap again, two

:50:04.:50:10.

points. Colman were in the ascendancy. Back to one kick here,

:50:11.:50:18.

we're in for a cracking second half. What a half of football we have had.

:50:19.:50:22.

Same Colman is making their way through into the tunnel. A team talk

:50:23.:50:30.

inspired by the two McRory Cup medals given to them. Half-time

:50:31.:50:53.

score here... We will be off later in the day to the south of Belfast

:50:54.:51:00.

for the colleges rugby. The schools cup final that between RBI and IBA.

:51:01.:51:12.

Threaten to be a good game, exemplary game of football. It has

:51:13.:51:16.

been tense, both teams very evenly matched. Both forward lanes

:51:17.:51:36.

struggling. Lynch has been arguably Magherafelt's most important player,

:51:37.:51:40.

with his kicking. The atmosphere has been absolutely brilliant. Let's go

:51:41.:51:46.

right back to the start, very early opportunity, McIlroy on his way

:51:47.:51:54.

through. Brilliant block. Brilliant block. Huge start. If same Colman 's

:51:55.:52:02.

get a goal, that gives your teams that a list. -- St Colman's. If they

:52:03.:52:12.

win the game, they may look back on that. Took seven minutes for the

:52:13.:52:20.

first score. Kevin small. He has been a threat all day. Able to

:52:21.:52:29.

turning to get over the bar. St Colman's getting to grips

:52:30.:52:36.

with them. That he is a big man for college football credibility mark.

:52:37.:52:46.

No shortage of quality it out there. Liam Quinn exemplifies that.

:52:47.:52:51.

Capacity to get the ball and the score. Exceptional, kicking a point

:52:52.:52:58.

of his right and left foot. Great to see people from the kick-off, second

:52:59.:53:04.

point going at his man, turns back. Kicking off his left foot. The

:53:05.:53:09.

second one is unbelievable. Taking his man on over the bar from 35

:53:10.:53:14.

yards. A bit of a Breeze St Mary's where playing with, could make a

:53:15.:53:19.

difference. Your nephew, I do want you to be impartial or partial, he

:53:20.:53:25.

took no notice of it. His capacity from the free taking. It dragged

:53:26.:53:31.

same Colman 's back into bed. I don't want to be lauding him too

:53:32.:53:36.

much, I will have to listen to it. He has been as important player from

:53:37.:53:43.

dead balls. Very accurate. I have another nephew playing in there,

:53:44.:53:51.

McConville. From both sides, the way they have gone at the game, very

:53:52.:53:56.

manly stuff. No laying down off-the-ball, no Mignolet stuff.

:53:57.:53:59.

They have come here to get on with it. You know me and referees. He has

:54:00.:54:06.

done a good job. Letting it flow, that is why it is such an

:54:07.:54:18.

entertaining game. John Rafferty maxing lyrical, Jack McCartan very

:54:19.:54:25.

prominent. Playing well, couple of great attacks. Crossbar, should've

:54:26.:54:31.

kept it on deck. The teams are taking the ball, running into the

:54:32.:54:35.

fence. They are going for putting everything behind it. That could end

:54:36.:54:40.

up in the net. Having a great match. A lot of players are out there. No

:54:41.:54:46.

nerves, going out and playing great football. St Mary's had a couple of

:54:47.:54:49.

goal chances. That was same -- St Colman's third goal chance.

:54:50.:55:04.

You have mentioned the main man, Lynch having in outstanding game. As

:55:05.:55:11.

standing committee kicks the ball like intercounty senior goalkeeper.

:55:12.:55:14.

Picking his man. Another facet to his game. Brilliant save with the

:55:15.:55:22.

foot. Just before half-time. A goal for St Colman's would have been

:55:23.:55:28.

massive. It is two points going to be enough of the league it is hard.

:55:29.:55:34.

The breezes coming down. It is hard to know. Such a great game. St

:55:35.:55:40.

Mary's have kicked a bootable. Saint Commons could start kicking Mork in

:55:41.:55:48.

this half. -- St Colman's could start kicking the ball in this half.

:55:49.:55:55.

All the big names in attendance. I think you have found a few of them.

:55:56.:56:01.

Still two points in the game. Conditions are not great, but

:56:02.:56:04.

free-flowing football. Two men you might know. Let's start with you,

:56:05.:56:11.

you are former college man. I will not remind you about the McRory Cup

:56:12.:56:16.

final 30 years ago. So far, very tight. St Colman's started well.

:56:17.:56:25.

Magherafelt full value for their lead. Two points down, against a

:56:26.:56:31.

very strong breeze. St Colman's playing well. O'Neill is the big

:56:32.:56:37.

player. Looking for a better second half. Magherafelt very much

:56:38.:56:50.

in the game. The twin threat of Quinn and Small, they look real

:56:51.:56:54.

handful for the St Colman's the fence. I agree with Benny, a strong

:56:55.:57:01.

breeze, blowing straight down the pitch. I would have to say, second

:57:02.:57:09.

half will definitely favour St Colman's. This is a family day out.

:57:10.:57:15.

Your son is on the panel, your son won man of the match. This is what

:57:16.:57:23.

it is about. Already, speaking to people who have won McRory Cups and

:57:24.:57:30.

loss, all about people going through. Fantastic day, a lot of

:57:31.:57:35.

these lads when they come to school in the first year, it is their

:57:36.:57:39.

sporting goal on Saint Patrick stay, to play any McRory Cup or the

:57:40.:57:43.

McLaren cup. They don't know they will get to represent the county

:57:44.:57:47.

later on. This is the pinnacle for many of them. Fantastic occasion. I

:57:48.:57:55.

hope Benny's lad gets on. He plays outfield, and he is a mild-mannered

:57:56.:58:00.

modest chap. Hopefully he will get a run out and a winners medal. Two

:58:01.:58:05.

points in the game. I still have the school tie on. Act to mark. I have

:58:06.:58:11.

to say both Peter and Benny in science year. I think we know why

:58:12.:58:18.

Peter was in science year. McLaren cup the first match on, it was a

:58:19.:58:26.

cracker of the game. History was made. Here is our reporter.

:58:27.:58:41.

James Wilson found the net. Saint Ciaran's College reduced the lead.

:58:42.:58:53.

From O'Donnell. Cassell Blaney hit back with two fine schools. Not

:58:54.:59:04.

prepared to let their opponents pull away, two points through Connelly.

:59:05.:59:13.

Saint Ciaran's took the lead for the first time in the game eight minutes

:59:14.:59:20.

later. The men from Monaghan hitting back with their second goal of the

:59:21.:59:23.

game. David Connolly with the finish. Courtney got a point. Both

:59:24.:59:35.

sides exchanging points before the break. Wilson putting over a three

:59:36.:59:44.

point. Saint -- Saint Ciaran's college. They

:59:45.:00:02.

refuse to ease up on the pressure. Another score. Wilson leaven

:00:03.:00:11.

at that. It will be a free out. That was some pass by Rian O'Neill.

:00:12.:00:45.

Were you expecting such a tight game? We knew the players they had

:00:46.:00:55.

were outstanding. A big day out for your school. How much does this

:00:56.:01:03.

mean? It is the 50th year. The first time being in the McLarnon cup

:01:04.:01:09.

final. You can hear the cheering. It is an unreal experience.

:01:10.:01:19.

We are back at the MacRory Cup final. We have the principles here.

:01:20.:01:25.

This is a big day for the skills? It is. A fabulous day. A dream come

:01:26.:01:32.

trip. 1100 pupils, nearly 200 staff. It has been tremendous the last

:01:33.:01:37.

couple of weeks. We are delighted to be here on St Patrick's Day. I'm

:01:38.:01:42.

trying to remain impartial. This is a huge thing? It is a wonderful,

:01:43.:01:50.

wonderful occasion. The spirit of the colleges here. We have got

:01:51.:01:54.

wonderful support from our own pupils, past pupils. The whole

:01:55.:01:59.

school community. We are enjoying the whole experience. It is what the

:02:00.:02:04.

spirit of the St Colman's is all about, MacRory Cup final on the 17th

:02:05.:02:12.

of March. A wonderful occasion. St Colman's going for 20 titles. St

:02:13.:02:16.

Mary's trying to seek their maiden one.

:02:17.:02:22.

Thank you to the respective principles. -- principals. Let me

:02:23.:02:31.

take you to the McLarnon. Some outstanding performances. Could it

:02:32.:02:35.

be an omen for the day, first time winners of the McLarnon? Is two

:02:36.:02:42.

points enough of a lead? The only thing I would say about Magherafelt

:02:43.:02:47.

playing against the wind in the second half, I don't think they will

:02:48.:02:50.

be perturbed. They play a running game. They have a lot of runners

:02:51.:02:54.

coming from the full-back line. They have a good outlet boulder Declan

:02:55.:02:58.

Cassidy. I don't think they will be too perturbed. You would expect a

:02:59.:03:04.

wee bit more from St Colman's. From what I've seen so far, Magherafelt

:03:05.:03:08.

look very balanced. They have so much threat up front. The slightly

:03:09.:03:18.

less talked about guys have stepped up. That is what you find on days

:03:19.:03:24.

like this. To be fair to St Mary's, they have been very much on top

:03:25.:03:27.

towards the middle sector of the game. You look at St Colman's, their

:03:28.:03:37.

goal threat has probably been a little sharper. You would expect a

:03:38.:03:43.

goal might be decisive in the second half? Yes. I think we will get a

:03:44.:03:49.

goal. There have been enough chances. I think it will be a huge

:03:50.:03:54.

score the weather gets it. A goal gives a team such a lift. -- whoever

:03:55.:04:02.

gets it. Who gets it is the million-dollar question. Who is the

:04:03.:04:07.

more pressure on? St Colman's aiming to become the first team to win it

:04:08.:04:11.

20 times. Is there more pressure on St Mary's just to get over the line?

:04:12.:04:22.

How difficult is it? It is really difficult. When you haven't been

:04:23.:04:29.

there before, it's to push on and get over the line. There is pressure

:04:30.:04:33.

on both teams. A lot of the talk has been about St Colman's. St Colman's

:04:34.:04:39.

to collect the 20th title. St Mary's Magherafelt have been buoyed by

:04:40.:04:43.

that. They have used the first 30 minutes to prove the point. Thanks

:04:44.:04:49.

for the meantime. John Rafferty is alongside Thomas Niblock.

:04:50.:04:56.

The 2017 MacRory Cup final. Perfect timing. The ball is thrown in.

:04:57.:04:59.

Magherafelt with possession. Dragged down. A free in. What can we

:05:00.:05:17.

expect in the second half? I fancy it could be young Cassidy's half.

:05:18.:05:27.

Playing against the breeze suits him. I thought McIlroy had a good 20

:05:28.:05:32.

minutes on him. He struggled a wee bit in the next ten. Fairly direct

:05:33.:05:44.

ball into the lively full forward line for St Colman's could be the

:05:45.:05:47.

key for them getting the scores to win the game. Three St Colman's

:05:48.:05:53.

players surrounding McErlain. They protest their innocence but a free

:05:54.:06:00.

kick has been given. The referee has brought it forward. That is the

:06:01.:06:03.

first show of ill discipline from St Colman's. This is closer. It is most

:06:04.:06:10.

unlike a St Colman's team to be in discipline. Cathal Murray is a

:06:11.:06:15.

strict disciplinarian. He expects the highest standards. That is why I

:06:16.:06:25.

commended him for the first half. Cormac Murphy on the attack. Still

:06:26.:06:36.

going. St Mary's have the opening score of the second half. A great

:06:37.:06:41.

score from Adam Connolly. He wants to be a civil engineer when he

:06:42.:06:44.

leaves school. He was navigating his way through that defence. That was

:06:45.:06:52.

an important score. St Colman's would have won the first score of

:06:53.:06:55.

the second half. The convent building on the momentum of the last

:06:56.:06:58.

five minutes of the first hour. St Colman's will want to get a score to

:06:59.:07:03.

get steady. A great score from young Connolly. Great tackle from Liam

:07:04.:07:14.

Quinn. Coming back to defend at every possible opportunity. St

:07:15.:07:21.

Colman's have it though. Aaron Gribben finds Rian O'Neill. Will it

:07:22.:07:30.

curl in it doesn't. It goes wide. A bit ambitious. He has kicked them

:07:31.:07:37.

the whole way through the competition. He gave a display of

:07:38.:07:42.

kicking against St Ronan's in the semifinal that was second to none.

:07:43.:07:50.

The display he gave was second to none. A sideline ball for St

:07:51.:07:59.

Colman's. Taken quickly. Great tackle from behind. It has opened

:08:00.:08:01.

up. Kelly still going. Diagonal pass.

:08:02.:08:19.

Kevin Small tried to grab it and he was grabbed from behind. Free in.

:08:20.:08:25.

That is very clever football. The convent are building on their

:08:26.:08:29.

momentum. They are taking their time. Kevin Small is creating a

:08:30.:08:37.

handful of himself at the edge of the square for the convent. A free

:08:38.:08:43.

into St Mary's. Daniel Bradley will be the man to take it. He has scored

:08:44.:08:49.

five points in both semifinal games against St Paul's. He has scored

:08:50.:08:53.

another today. That is his third this afternoon. So straightaway we

:08:54.:08:59.

have a replacement for St Colman's. The man coming on is Owen Burrows.

:09:00.:09:10.

-- Byrne. He has lightning pace. I would imagine the convent has done

:09:11.:09:17.

its homework on him. Matthew McCreesh making way. The referee has

:09:18.:09:30.

called them back. It will be a free kick to St Colman's. Again, Martin

:09:31.:09:39.

McNally is having a very good game. It is one thing keeping up with the

:09:40.:09:44.

play and getting in the road of it. Cathal Murray is not happy because

:09:45.:09:47.

he is not giving a free kick. He is going to hop the ball. St Colman's

:09:48.:09:57.

have it. Battling for every single snap of possession. Those last 20

:09:58.:10:06.

seconds epitomised two teams putting everything on the line to win every

:10:07.:10:10.

single ball. It is a snapshot of the whole game, the way the convent are

:10:11.:10:15.

scrapping for everything. The convent always renowned for having

:10:16.:10:19.

ability. Ronan Devlin has put a hunger into these boys. St Colman's

:10:20.:10:26.

a wee bit out of it. They need to shake themselves. St Mary's have

:10:27.:10:32.

scored seven times either side of half-time. St Colman's have scored

:10:33.:10:41.

twice. The five minutes before and after half time very much in the

:10:42.:10:46.

hands of the convent. That shot went wide. I would say that is the first

:10:47.:10:52.

mistake that lad has made today. He is having a horse of a game for the

:10:53.:10:58.

convent. They look more likely to get these course to win the game.

:10:59.:11:02.

They are creeping ahead. St Colman's not on the pace. They will need to

:11:03.:11:04.

get on it soon. St Mary's still have possession.

:11:05.:11:20.

Cormac Murphy. He gives it to Liam Quinn. Trying to play it forward. He

:11:21.:11:31.

was taken out of it. Play on. Kevin Small... He putted over the bar. A

:11:32.:11:48.

great score. -- put it. That is a black card, no question. Nobody saw

:11:49.:11:56.

it. McDonald gets away with it. -- McDonnell. All of a sudden there is

:11:57.:12:07.

daylight between the teams. Confidence has grown in the

:12:08.:12:15.

conference -- convent. They are in a great position. That was a shot from

:12:16.:12:26.

Aaron Gribben. Let's look at it again. Here is Kevin Small. Both

:12:27.:12:32.

feet, both hands, decision making on the ball. Not afraid to go for it.

:12:33.:12:39.

That is commendable. Look at that angle. That is unbelievable. To get

:12:40.:12:44.

the power and direction. The goalkeeper and narrowing the angle.

:12:45.:12:47.

A forward hanging off the back of him as he was doing it. A lot of

:12:48.:12:53.

young fellows would try to force it down the keeper's throat and into

:12:54.:12:57.

the net. He knows a point is a good score. It puts them a wee bit

:12:58.:13:04.

further ahead. The convent are in control and St Colman's are

:13:05.:13:06.

struggling to get back into the game. Ross Carr has come on. And he

:13:07.:13:18.

is indeed the son of the former Down player, Ross Carr. They have a

:13:19.:13:22.

little bit of work to do. They trailed by five points. -- Trail.

:13:23.:13:33.

Here comes McCluskey. The only college all-star on the field.

:13:34.:13:43.

Cassidy took it at pace. Kevin Small tried to win it. St Colman's do just

:13:44.:13:51.

about enough. You can see the threat there. St Mary's are growing in

:13:52.:13:57.

confidence. The longer they stay in front, the more confident they will

:13:58.:14:02.

be. Aaron Gribben trying to take on his man. Trying to create that

:14:03.:14:06.

little bit of space. It is not a point. It goes wide. It would be a

:14:07.:14:10.

goal kick to St Mary's. A shake of the head. Aaron Gribben. Cathal

:14:11.:14:17.

Murray understands that St Colman's needs to put a little bit of urgency

:14:18.:14:22.

into their game. They have a lot to do in very little time. They need a

:14:23.:14:30.

score to get themselves saddle. McIlroy... Here is the cornerback

:14:31.:14:36.

Chris Killen. That is a big point for St Colman's. That is an

:14:37.:14:42.

inspirational score. That is what you are Class A by is a big score.

:14:43.:14:48.

-- classify. Some of the smaller names are getting more into the game

:14:49.:14:53.

for St Colman's but their big guns are not firing on all cylinders. The

:14:54.:15:04.

convent are well worth their lead. Declan Cassidy... Two big players

:15:05.:15:09.

going for it. Cassidy made it. He went himself and he knocked it over

:15:10.:15:15.

the bar. Making perhaps the wise choice. He did have Kevin Small at

:15:16.:15:20.

the back post. A point is a great score up that hill. When you are

:15:21.:15:27.

called a Cassidy coming from Bellaghy, it is a queer start. If he

:15:28.:15:35.

gets space, he will punish St Colman's. A good score.

:15:36.:15:45.

Chance of a goal. It saved by the keeper. Shot of the right boot,

:15:46.:16:03.

goalkeeper with a big hand, Lynch having a massive game. Young Lynch

:16:04.:16:12.

with three outstanding saves for the convent. He has kept them well in

:16:13.:16:20.

contention, to near enough the end of the third quarter of the game.

:16:21.:16:25.

Four points between the sides. Nobody at home with the long ball.

:16:26.:16:29.

Wasted opportunity. Another goal kick. Conversation between Garvey

:16:30.:16:42.

and O'Neill. Disappointed he was not presented with the opportunity. The

:16:43.:16:48.

fellow you want taking the shots. Goal kick did not go quite as

:16:49.:16:58.

intended. St Colman's have it. Unable to get the score. Real

:16:59.:17:02.

opportunity. Blocked. Out for the 45. The cutback, on their head. That

:17:03.:17:09.

might have been his first touch. They went direct, he was going to

:17:10.:17:16.

make them foul him, stepped back, Gaydon offenders a chance. Great

:17:17.:17:21.

blog. You have to acknowledge the blocks and the saves that the

:17:22.:17:30.

convent have made. Devlin with the block, he set up the free in the

:17:31.:17:38.

semifinal. This one goes to the right, going wide. That will be the

:17:39.:17:43.

opportunity, St Mary's smelling blood. This is starting to slip away

:17:44.:17:53.

from St Colman's, they will have to pull together, or one of their

:17:54.:17:56.

players with a flash of brilliance to get them back in the game. The

:17:57.:18:01.

convent, if they get a sniff of the win, they will go for the throat.

:18:02.:18:10.

McAteer, coming on, said winning the McRory Cup will be the proud is

:18:11.:18:14.

moment of his life. McCann making way. The kick out is straight again.

:18:15.:18:23.

He is like a rugby player hitting the conversion. Declan Cassidy with

:18:24.:18:28.

two men in front of him, managing to get up and pull away from both of

:18:29.:18:32.

them. Kevin small allowing it to go past him. Gives him time and space

:18:33.:18:41.

to pick it up. Small, still going. The referee looking at it. Deciding

:18:42.:18:48.

there is no foul. Liam Quinn, that is a fantastic ball to Kelly. He is

:18:49.:18:58.

foul. What about that for a pass. Going one way, rare you see a pass

:18:59.:19:02.

like that in Gaelic football. Great passage of play. That might be in

:19:03.:19:10.

coaching videos later in the year. The ball knocked into space.

:19:11.:19:15.

Possession retained until the man comes off the shoulder. McElroy had

:19:16.:19:22.

no other option other than prevent the goal-scoring chance. Daniel

:19:23.:19:28.

Bradley said during the week that Kevin Brady, the manager knows his

:19:29.:19:31.

stuff when it comes to Gaelic football. He puts that man on the

:19:32.:19:43.

frees. It is the wing half forward, the halfback, Kelly, going three. Is

:19:44.:19:48.

that a yellow card? It is untidy, uncomfortable. A man that is grown

:19:49.:20:02.

and grown in confidence. McAlinden. McAteer getting his first meaningful

:20:03.:20:09.

touch since coming on as substitute. They are content to go backwards,

:20:10.:20:13.

acres of space on the right hand side. Kelly running it is space.

:20:14.:20:19.

Tackled, his opponent comes away with it. Trying to get out of their

:20:20.:20:25.

own half, they have possession. Three St Mary's players running

:20:26.:20:30.

after O'Neill. Goes for the shot himself. Great score. That is some

:20:31.:20:38.

score, if you take it from the tackle but young Garvey made, all

:20:39.:20:46.

the way up to the man on the end of the chance. Superb kick. He said the

:20:47.:20:58.

main reason he decided to go to St Colman's Newry was to win the McRory

:20:59.:21:06.

Cup. Four points between the sides. Connelly picking up possession.

:21:07.:21:10.

Again they turned defence into attack. Brilliantly won by Liam

:21:11.:21:16.

Quinn. In his last year at St Mary's. Daniel Bradley, trying to

:21:17.:21:25.

find Kevin Small, overcooked, it goes wide. Lovely composure about

:21:26.:21:30.

the way that Magherafelt are playing. Decisions on the ball, full

:21:31.:21:36.

of running. Doing the basics well, in the ascendancy if they can keep

:21:37.:21:45.

it going. McElroy, people will not realise he's English, born in

:21:46.:21:52.

London. Very much a Newry player today. St Colman's scoring

:21:53.:22:01.

sporadically. You expect Magherafelt to score every time. I was very

:22:02.:22:11.

fortunate to be taught by both men there. The Kit Kat to be taken by

:22:12.:22:19.

Lynch. His dad was a former dairy letter. --

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Derry class, love, lazy style into the ball. A slight dummy shimmy.

:22:50.:22:59.

What we're looking at is a man of the match performance. Kevin Small.

:23:00.:23:06.

He has kicked amazing scores the range of scores he has given,

:23:07.:23:12.

absolutely top drawer. Read says it is a free end. The referee has had a

:23:13.:23:39.

superb game. They have been through this before,

:23:40.:24:12.

Magherafelt, St Colman's will have recent experience. St Colman's have

:24:13.:24:18.

had it easy so far, all of the games. Two man tackle. Referee

:24:19.:24:27.

giving a free in. These St Colman's player, particularly Ryan Garvey

:24:28.:24:31.

stressing it should have been a penalty. Initial tackle outside the

:24:32.:24:38.

square. I have to say, it was 13.1 metres away from the goal. That was

:24:39.:24:48.

close. Colman's starting to grow with confidence.

:24:49.:24:58.

Another important school. -- score. St Mary's building from the back,

:24:59.:25:19.

yet again they lead by three points. Given possession away. Here comes St

:25:20.:25:23.

Colman's. Looking dangerous on every single opportunity. Wonderful blog.

:25:24.:25:33.

O'Neill, under pressure, gives it to his colleague. That will goes wide.

:25:34.:25:43.

Two or three chances, you would have expected them to tap over the bar.

:25:44.:25:47.

The only thing is they are creating chances. There could still be a goal

:25:48.:25:55.

there. Into the last ten minutes. Pressure on both teams. St Mary's

:25:56.:26:06.

Magherafelt have only been here twice in finals. To date is St

:26:07.:26:14.

Colman's 27 final. History to be made in 10-12 winners. Another

:26:15.:26:26.

opportunity going left. -- minutes. If they had popped over those

:26:27.:26:29.

opportunities, they would be a single point between the sides. He

:26:30.:26:34.

knows it, he wants more urgency at that players. They are creating

:26:35.:26:39.

chances, but they have to leave them on the scoreboard. Lynch, kicking

:26:40.:26:45.

the ball high into the middle of the field. St Mary's winning that one,

:26:46.:26:50.

that is important. Daniel Bradley, inside. Murphy, still going, will he

:26:51.:26:58.

take the point? Driven down from behind. A free from the 13. The

:26:59.:27:06.

battery going to his notebook. There could be trouble here. The referee

:27:07.:27:12.

giving a black card. There can be no real complaints. Chris Killen. The

:27:13.:27:18.

lad will be disappointed to get a black card. He has kicked a good

:27:19.:27:27.

point to claw St Colman's back. If he had got past him, it would have

:27:28.:27:31.

been a goal, and game over. Sometimes you have to put the team

:27:32.:27:37.

first. That is an important score. Four points different from three

:27:38.:27:41.

points. You now have two Clear kicks. One of them has to be a goal.

:27:42.:27:49.

Saint Commons want to get themselves together here. -- St Colman's.

:27:50.:28:01.

They are on the attack again. O'Neill barging his way through. The

:28:02.:28:09.

shop does not go over. The umpires look at each other, it does. A real

:28:10.:28:12.

Rolls-Royce. IFT -- I have to hand it to Saint

:28:13.:28:19.

Commons are not going their way. St Colman's only attack. This will

:28:20.:28:52.

go right to the very end. How they were able to pick up a player from

:28:53.:28:58.

that angle, I will never understand. Two men going for it. The referee

:28:59.:29:11.

giving the free from the 13. We don't have the benefit of a replay.

:29:12.:29:14.

Martin McNally does not have the benefit. It looks very close. The

:29:15.:29:20.

lad was pulled to the ground. O'Neill knocking it over. He has

:29:21.:29:29.

scored one goal and 21 points in the last three games. His fifth point.

:29:30.:29:39.

That is tight. The convent are living on their luck at the present

:29:40.:29:43.

time. The initial was contact. The pull-down was in the square. If this

:29:44.:29:54.

goes down to the wire, they will not be too happy with that. You are

:29:55.:29:57.

absolutely right. That should have been a penalty. St Mary's on the

:29:58.:30:02.

attack. The referee says play on. What a pointless -- what a point.

:30:03.:30:14.

The convent are keeping ahead. They have been here before in the last

:30:15.:30:20.

two games. They are used to it now. Still so much time to go. Just under

:30:21.:30:24.

five minutes of normal time. Three points between the sides.

:30:25.:30:31.

McAteer has made a difference since coming on. There were three

:30:32.:30:43.

different players surrounding Rian O'Neill. He could still get a shot

:30:44.:30:49.

off. St Colman's still have possession. Matthew Loughran wins

:30:50.:30:58.

it. The man who got the block at the start of the game. Space at a

:30:59.:31:03.

premium. St Mary's when the free kick. St Mary's out growing in

:31:04.:31:12.

confidence. O'Neill did well to win that ball. It is slipping away from

:31:13.:31:16.

St Colman's. It will take a big moment to turn this game in their

:31:17.:31:24.

favour. Liam Quinn broke his ankle against Fermanagh macro. All of a

:31:25.:31:33.

sudden St Mary's have possession. St Colman's have few defenders. It is

:31:34.:31:41.

now saying comment on the attack. The ball into the square... Picked

:31:42.:31:51.

off the ground at the second time of asking by Conall Devlin. He is

:31:52.:31:56.

having a horse of a game. Look at that. People talk about transition

:31:57.:32:03.

from defence into attack. Young Devlin is putting on a show of that

:32:04.:32:10.

particular skill. Such pressure. It is hard to imagine these young men

:32:11.:32:15.

are 16 and 17 years old. We're looking at a great game but they

:32:16.:32:26.

are, they are only children. St Colman's are persistent and looking

:32:27.:32:30.

further a goal chance when they have enough opportunities to keep the

:32:31.:32:34.

scoreboard ticking with a point at a time. Cormac Murphy... The referee

:32:35.:32:53.

has given a free end. McIlroy is incensed by that decision.

:32:54.:32:57.

Absolutely raging with the referee. He needs to keep quiet. Don't give

:32:58.:33:06.

away ground! There was the tackle. At this stage, puts the arm in,

:33:07.:33:12.

doesn't put the -- bring the arm out. The referee has prodded forward

:33:13.:33:16.

to the 21 metre line in front of the goals. Again it is back to four

:33:17.:33:24.

points. This is the insurance one if this lad can landed. They say

:33:25.:33:32.

pressure is for tyres. There hasn't been a problem for St Mary's when it

:33:33.:33:35.

comes to free taking. And just as I say it... A point would be a good

:33:36.:33:45.

score. The shot eventually comes and eventually goes over the bar. The

:33:46.:33:51.

convent both on the field and in the stands and up in the commentary box,

:33:52.:33:58.

they sensed the victory. A middle-aged man, sorry, a young man

:33:59.:34:04.

getting excited! Margaret, Ring out the Dhif erasure! -- bring out the

:34:05.:34:12.

defibrillator! Margaret is the producer, a county Down woman.

:34:13.:34:25.

St Mary's come away with it. The convent from Magherafelt. On the

:34:26.:34:37.

cliff edge of history. 17 points to 13. Four points between the teams.

:34:38.:34:44.

There are going to be four minutes of additional time. Four points

:34:45.:34:48.

between the sides. St Mary's on the go again. Young Quinn, look up. He

:34:49.:34:59.

gets nothing from it! An opportunity like that can really sink things.

:35:00.:35:07.

The only thing with Magherafelt, every substitution is 30 seconds or

:35:08.:35:14.

a minute. Four minutes could end up five. That would give St Colman's

:35:15.:35:22.

the opportunity to get something. Another substitution. Jamie McCowan

:35:23.:35:30.

is coming on. -- Jamie McCowan. Adam Connolly makes his way off. Connolly

:35:31.:35:33.

said it would be the proudest achievement of his life if he were

:35:34.:35:39.

to win the MacRory Cup today. He takes the handshakes from his

:35:40.:35:44.

colleagues. There is still plenty to do in this game. St Mary's come away

:35:45.:35:48.

with it. It is Matthew Rogers, the substitute. Kevin Small, another

:35:49.:35:56.

Creggan man. There is the point. That is it. The MacRory Cup seems

:35:57.:36:07.

destined to be going to south Derry. It is not the first time you've said

:36:08.:36:11.

that, Thomas. The only differences it is going somewhere else in South

:36:12.:36:18.

Derry. There is a real genuine, tangible need for it. And it is game

:36:19.:36:26.

over. Magherafelt finishing this game extremely strongly. You can see

:36:27.:36:32.

the players. The substitutes. Dying to get on the field of play. Dying

:36:33.:36:37.

to start the celebrations. There is still time remaining. The kick out

:36:38.:36:42.

was all the way out. A free kick to St Colman's. I am delighted for

:36:43.:36:56.

Kevin Brady and the coaching staff. Union Conway is in there, the

:36:57.:37:01.

bursar. It is always good to get the bursar on your site! They are making

:37:02.:37:11.

history here. It is a free kick. There are two balls. Sean Kelly

:37:12.:37:16.

wasn't going to make that easy for a quick 45 to be taken. They have no

:37:17.:37:21.

option but to drop it into the square. Unbelievably, there is six

:37:22.:37:26.

points between the teams. This is going to be a Hail Mary job but they

:37:27.:37:36.

will not get six scores. Rian O'Neill drags down. The referee says

:37:37.:37:43.

no. He is surrounded by players. It looks almost like a scrum. The

:37:44.:37:48.

referee blows the whistle. History is made. St Mary's Magherafelt have

:37:49.:37:54.

won the 2017 MacRory Cup! They have been the best team on the day.

:37:55.:38:01.

Straightaway onto the field of play. Wonderful scenes on the pitch.

:38:02.:38:07.

Absolutely superb. The players are going absolutely bananas. I think

:38:08.:38:13.

the principle is out there to get the players back in so they don't

:38:14.:38:22.

tramp the grass! She is wearing high-heeled shoes! She won't mind.

:38:23.:38:25.

There is the principal, Deirdre Gillespie. There is a man who had a

:38:26.:38:35.

massive impact. Conall Devlin. I asked him to tell me something I

:38:36.:38:43.

didn't know about him. He said, I am Batman. Look what it means. Success

:38:44.:38:47.

for the first time on the biggest stage in college football. St Mary's

:38:48.:38:52.

Magherafelt have done it. Congratulations. Congratulations.

:38:53.:38:57.

I'm St Patrick's Day teenagers get a lot of bad press for their conduct.

:38:58.:39:05.

But there are boys and girls on the field at the present time and they

:39:06.:39:10.

are a credit to their school. Rian O'Neill, such disappointment. You

:39:11.:39:16.

can see the pain etched on every single player for St Colman's. It

:39:17.:39:21.

was such a close game right to the very end. They had a penalty showed

:39:22.:39:24.

that no doubt Karl Murray will look at at the end of this game. What it

:39:25.:39:28.

is St Mary's who have won the MacRory Cup. There is Conor

:39:29.:39:36.

McCluskey. An all-star. There is a very disappointed St Colman's

:39:37.:39:39.

player. Superb scenes. People might not understand when it comes back

:39:40.:39:45.

home, this is the biggest thing in their lives at this stage. You have

:39:46.:39:50.

to acknowledge something you said. Look at young Cassidy hogging the

:39:51.:39:58.

keeper. Three brilliant saves. If ever a man's phase could tell a

:39:59.:40:02.

story of what it means to win a MacRory Cup, there it is. Absolutely

:40:03.:40:09.

brilliant. Look at that emotion. Raw energy coming from every pore.

:40:10.:40:12.

Absolutely amazing scenes at the Athletic Grounds. -- the Atleti

:40:13.:40:21.

grounds. We have the man of the match. Let's go pitch side. Conor

:40:22.:40:34.

Cassidy... You have just went and won a MacRory Cup. How does it feel?

:40:35.:40:39.

Indescribable. The best feeling of my life. Yes! This is the first time

:40:40.:40:50.

for your school. What does it mean for this group of players? This is

:40:51.:40:55.

everything. The first MacRory Cup ever. Nothing will ever compare to

:40:56.:41:01.

this. Nothing will ever compare. Your school has gone close twice. It

:41:02.:41:06.

has lost twice. View our winners today. I couldn't be happier. This

:41:07.:41:15.

is the least we deserve, the effort and work we put in this year. With

:41:16.:41:22.

regards to the match today, St Colman's came in with a huge

:41:23.:41:27.

pedigree. Obviously you had to overcome that. And you really went

:41:28.:41:33.

for it? Well... CHEERING.

:41:34.:41:49.

Declan Cassidy, a proud captain. A history making captain. Man of the

:41:50.:41:58.

match chosen by Martin McConnell. Oisin and Ryan Micky Yule alongside

:41:59.:42:02.

me. He was outstanding. You could have made a good case for Kevin

:42:03.:42:08.

Small as well. Let's take a closer look at Cassidy. A day of history?

:42:09.:42:13.

An unbelievable day for St Mary's Magherafelt. We should say at this

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stage they really deserved it. He was pivotal to everything that

:42:19.:42:22.

happened. It was a brilliant outlet. A strong runner with the ball. He is

:42:23.:42:26.

able to get a score when they needed. He was a captain, he was a

:42:27.:42:34.

leader. One of the best players on the

:42:35.:42:39.

field. Kevin Small, you could also argue that he could have got man of

:42:40.:42:42.

the match. Richly deserved for Declan Cassidy.

:42:43.:42:47.

We are looking at the men who have made history. And alongside me here

:42:48.:42:52.

in the stands is the man who has guided them to history, as you look

:42:53.:42:57.

at those boys. Your boys, Kevin. What does this day, this hour, this

:42:58.:43:03.

moment mean? We didn't want to think about it too much beforehand. Your

:43:04.:43:08.

mind can skip to what the celebrations would be like. I tried

:43:09.:43:13.

not to let that happen. Now that it has, we are delighted, over the

:43:14.:43:19.

moon. In 1970 Seven St Patrick's made the breakthrough and went on to

:43:20.:43:24.

do brilliant things. We saw what it means to your team. However you done

:43:25.:43:33.

it? I don't know. We have been in two finals before, I suppose. This

:43:34.:43:39.

year I saw something different. They had great skill levels, great

:43:40.:43:42.

potential. As time went on, we saw that this team was onto something.

:43:43.:43:50.

We worked with them, Ron and Devlin and John, the whole backroom team.

:43:51.:43:55.

We have done a great job. It is such an emotional day. Ronan's brother no

:43:56.:44:03.

longer with us. But these guys imbued by his spirit? Definitely. He

:44:04.:44:09.

was with the team a few years ago. He did physio. Just having him

:44:10.:44:18.

there, we had a match earlier in the competition and it was very

:44:19.:44:22.

poignant. I am delighted for him and everyone. Let me take you back to

:44:23.:44:28.

2017, March 17, two points ahead at half-time. Did you think it would be

:44:29.:44:33.

enough? We weren't sure. We'll knew they would put big Rian O'Neill into

:44:34.:44:40.

full-forward and he caused us a lot of bother. Perhaps they were a bit

:44:41.:44:45.

unlucky. St Colman's are a great team, it was a great match. I'm sure

:44:46.:44:49.

it was very exciting for the neutral. I would like to pay tribute

:44:50.:44:54.

to St Colman's and to Karl Murray. Let's here from the top woman, the

:44:55.:44:59.

principal. The very proud principle. She said four years ago when she got

:45:00.:45:04.

the job she was going to win the MacRory Cup.

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MacRory Cup winners 2017. Deirdre Gillespie, we can see what this

:45:11.:45:16.

means. -- means. Fantastic. It is a dream come true. We have wanted this

:45:17.:45:20.

for a long time. Third time lucky. Complete credit to these boys and

:45:21.:45:24.

the coaching team. The whole staff, the whole community.

:45:25.:45:25.

A dream come true. It was a very tight game. You kept

:45:26.:45:37.

your noses in front. You played fantastically? I asked them this

:45:38.:45:42.

morning before they left to play with pride and passion and they

:45:43.:45:45.

didn't let me down. We are delighted. We will be celebrating

:45:46.:45:48.

for a week. The presentation is about to happen.

:45:49.:45:50.

Go on ahead. There you have heard it from the

:45:51.:46:02.

players, from the principal. There is a man getting man of the match.

:46:03.:46:06.

It is well worthy. A worthy recipient. We are going to be

:46:07.:46:11.

talking about him in years to come. He is a talent to go on and Playford

:46:12.:46:17.

Derry. Big happy smiling faces. The man of the match award will not mean

:46:18.:46:20.

as much do that young man as the next little piece of silverware. A

:46:21.:46:28.

wonderful achievement. They have won three McLarnon cups. They have never

:46:29.:46:33.

won MacRory Cup. They have lost two finals. They never scored in the

:46:34.:46:40.

second half the last time there were in a MacRory Cup final.

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Here is Jimmy Smith. I would like to thank our sponsors

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for the wonderful sponsorship of the competition throughout the year. But

:47:47.:47:53.

today is about the McRory Cup. There can only be one winner going on the

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McCrory Cup, and for the footballers of St Mary's Magherafelt, a

:48:02.:48:03.

wonderful history in the day of their school. There can be any one

:48:04.:48:08.

team to win it for the first time, that honour goes to these men on my

:48:09.:48:15.

left. Our behalf of Ulster Schools, I would like to congratulate them on

:48:16.:48:24.

their historic victory. I would like to thank all the teachers in our

:48:25.:48:29.

schools, who have looked after our teams throughout the 70 competitions

:48:30.:48:35.

this year. All 134 schools whose teachers gave up their time to look

:48:36.:48:40.

after our young players, and to produce the men we have seen here

:48:41.:48:45.

today. I would like to congratulate the teachers in charge of the St

:48:46.:48:50.

Mary's team can Kevin Brady and his men. I would now like to presents

:48:51.:49:01.

the McRory Cup to the captain from St Mary's Magherafelt. Declan

:49:02.:49:03.

Cassidy of St Mary's Magherafelt. I am delighted to except in the

:49:04.:50:01.

recap on the heart of my school. I would like to thank everybody

:50:02.:50:04.

helping us on the journey to this historic victory. Ulster Schools GAA

:50:05.:50:10.

for organising the McRory Cup competition. The standard of Gaelic

:50:11.:50:14.

football has never been higher. I would like to thank St Colman's for

:50:15.:50:20.

such a sporting game. I would like to acknowledge the match officials,

:50:21.:50:28.

who turned out. I would like to thank the match officials, who turn

:50:29.:50:35.

out in rain, hail or snow, they would be no matches without it. I

:50:36.:50:40.

would like to thank our sponsors, for putting your name behind us, all

:50:41.:50:46.

the great gear. Closer to home, I would like to thank our McRory Cup

:50:47.:50:49.

management team for all the advice and guidance. Mr Brady, and the

:50:50.:50:58.

team. It has been their day. It has been the day of days for young Mr

:50:59.:51:08.

Cassidy, and is history making cohort. They are McRory Cup

:51:09.:51:14.

champions of the year 2017. Shane and Ryan still alongside me. You

:51:15.:51:20.

cannot help but marvel at the sites. First-time winners, something unique

:51:21.:51:25.

and special. Something unique and special, not only first-time

:51:26.:51:28.

winners, but with an atmosphere such as D-Day, the game played in great

:51:29.:51:32.

spirits. St Mary's Magherafelt get away with huge credit. They played

:51:33.:51:36.

the game in the way it should be played. In Declan Cassidy they have

:51:37.:51:39.

a leader, somebody able to step up to the mark. A lot of other players

:51:40.:51:44.

throughout the field who can do that. From this occasion, St Mary's

:51:45.:51:51.

Magherafelt deserving victory. Much to admire, much to mull over and

:51:52.:51:55.

debate. We will get to the nitty-gritty in a moment. First,

:51:56.:52:01.

Kevin Small, must have been a contender for man of the match. He

:52:02.:52:07.

had a huge match. He would be pushing for a man of the match.

:52:08.:52:12.

Winning his own ball. People watching the game, you have to be

:52:13.:52:16.

fit to bring your own ball. Kicking off the right or left peg. Great to

:52:17.:52:21.

watch. Huge match, big scores at vital times. As a young man, a

:52:22.:52:29.

teenager, this is the day you dream. But it's all coming together. You

:52:30.:52:35.

asking about pressure, he would stand up and perform, he was one of

:52:36.:52:38.

the players the field who stood up and perform. Even the little flick

:52:39.:52:44.

point he got towards the end of the game, that was magnificent. Arguably

:52:45.:52:46.

this is the best goal, his best scoring game. Absolutely brilliant.

:52:47.:52:53.

It is just natural. He does not think of anything else. In

:52:54.:52:57.

modern-day football, not too many of these boys hanging around this if

:52:58.:53:06.

Derry can get him fit and raring to go to prices in the future. St

:53:07.:53:13.

Colman's came back into it, Chris Killen igniting them, taking a point

:53:14.:53:17.

well. Also black Cardiff. Should the black card have been given? I don't

:53:18.:53:27.

know. Great score, the cornerback coming off the pitch. Does not even

:53:28.:53:32.

think about it. On the black card, I don't think it should have been

:53:33.:53:36.

given. Does not mean to pull him down. Hard to interpret the black

:53:37.:53:41.

card. Does not really dragged into ground. At this stage, the game

:53:42.:53:47.

turned, St Colman's took off the sweeper, putting on a forward. They

:53:48.:53:54.

were pushing out on Lynch's kick outs, having success. Opportunities

:53:55.:53:58.

to get back in the game. That Magherafelt always got the extra

:53:59.:54:03.

point, Poore points in front. Keeping the three, four point gap.

:54:04.:54:08.

Stating the obvious, in their keeper, outstanding, a man in the

:54:09.:54:15.

form of his life today. He did a phenomenal match. Could have been in

:54:16.:54:19.

contention for man of the match. Huge moment in the game. His kicking

:54:20.:54:25.

was outstanding today. Magherafelt controlled the game until the last

:54:26.:54:32.

ten - 15 minutes. This saves speak for themselves. Out of this world.

:54:33.:54:36.

12 is right, wonders left. Phenomenal game of RAM. Pulling off

:54:37.:54:43.

a save or two like this, you grow, and feel like you are unbeatable.

:54:44.:54:47.

Very commanding under the high ball. At the end of the game, when it was

:54:48.:54:52.

raining forward. He was causing them a lot of bull. Looked as if he had

:54:53.:54:58.

the composer today. Out on the field, relying on your goalkeeper to

:54:59.:55:01.

have the composure, exuding around the rest of the team. Second half,

:55:02.:55:08.

two penalty queries. Take a look at both of them. Should there have been

:55:09.:55:17.

penalties? I think he starts the foul outside the box, good decision

:55:18.:55:21.

by the referee. Just getting him there. Good decision. I don't know

:55:22.:55:27.

whether you agree. Think that was probably the right decision. This

:55:28.:55:33.

one here. I know he has his hands on him in the air. The actual foul

:55:34.:55:37.

committed literally five yards from the girls. Should have been about

:55:38.:55:46.

it. -- from the goals. On decisions like that, games are decided. No

:55:47.:55:52.

disrespect to St Colman's, regardless, even if they had stuck

:55:53.:55:56.

that one in the net, St Mary's looked like they have the capacity

:55:57.:56:00.

to get forward, and score. Something more balanced about them. You need

:56:01.:56:06.

the luck in trouble. Little decisions going with Magherafelt,

:56:07.:56:12.

you always need a bit of luck. A lesson to be learned, never praise

:56:13.:56:14.

the referee at half-time. He did well enough. The penalties where

:56:15.:56:22.

-- where titles. It has been enjoyable. It has been a day of

:56:23.:56:31.

firsts. Could we have a day of firsts at Croke Park? A first for

:56:32.:56:38.

Derry, Tyrone. A bumper day, have you enjoyed it? Enjoyed it. This is

:56:39.:56:43.

what college football is all about. Two brilliant games. Very high

:56:44.:56:48.

standard. Very competitive, football played the way should be played.

:56:49.:56:55.

Brian, for these young man, first win, Jimmy Smith handing over the

:56:56.:57:00.

cup, in 67, 50 years ago, they went on to win at Hogan. Looking at what

:57:01.:57:07.

it still means, do these guys have it within them to push on, making an

:57:08.:57:12.

impact at all island level? Definitely, a great side. -- all

:57:13.:57:25.

Ireland level. They have a great keeper. It is a great competition,

:57:26.:57:28.

one of the best competitions in the GAA. Thoroughly enjoy coming here,

:57:29.:57:33.

last year as well. Great atmosphere, everything about it great to see.

:57:34.:57:38.

Fede for fathers and sons. We have found a family down there. -- a day

:57:39.:57:48.

for fathers. Kevin, we have to start with you. What does it feel like? It

:57:49.:57:53.

is unreal, never happened before in the school. How did the match gave

:57:54.:57:59.

for you? It was tough the first hour. We had the wind, we knew the

:58:00.:58:06.

game plan was running off-the-ball. We are fit team. We wanted to stick

:58:07.:58:12.

that in the second half. We pulled away, winning the second half by

:58:13.:58:17.

more than move won the first. Kevin, what does it feel like, as a parent,

:58:18.:58:23.

to watch your son winning that? Very proud to see St Mary's winning for

:58:24.:58:27.

the first time. They put a lot of work into that. Well done to Cormack

:58:28.:58:31.

and all the boys. They played brilliant. Well done to all the

:58:32.:58:37.

boys. Plenty of celebrations, no doubt to come in Macca felt.

:58:38.:58:42.

My thanks to the entire BBC Sporting. That includes you two. The

:58:43.:58:52.

clock is counting down. Very shortly after the Belfast in the company of

:58:53.:59:00.

my colleague Gavin Andrews. We will leave you with the enduring images

:59:01.:59:02.

of the day. Congratulations to St Mary's on

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their MacRory Cup success. But now the focus switches to rugby and the

:00:15.:00:21.

141st schools cup final. RBAI against Methodist College.

:00:22.:00:28.

Schoolboys have dreamt of being here on the 17th of March. As a rugby

:00:29.:00:34.

players you don't get too many chances to realise that dream. It

:00:35.:00:38.

comes around once or twice in a lifetime, if you are lucky. And

:00:39.:00:45.

after a year's hard work... On and off the pitch. It is all about

:00:46.:00:56.

taking it in. Living in the moment. Scoring a try. It is all about the

:00:57.:01:07.

winning. And creating memories that last a lifetime. It is the biggest

:01:08.:01:14.

day in schoolboy rugby in Ulster. Methody and RBAI have made the short

:01:15.:01:18.

trip to the Kingsbarns Stadium. Despite the weather, it will be

:01:19.:01:23.

rocking for the next two and a half hours. -- Kingspan Stadium. The fans

:01:24.:01:27.

are making a fair bit of noise. The selfies are on show. Flags and

:01:28.:01:35.

scarves at the ready. That afternoon. It is that time

:01:36.:01:39.

again. St Patrick's Day wouldn't be the same without the schools cup

:01:40.:01:46.

final. Alongside me, two men from different eras with plenty of

:01:47.:01:54.

experience. Ian Humphreys and an Ulster and Ireland great, Willie

:01:55.:02:00.

Anderson. The weather has been OK. It is holding out so far. Fantastic.

:02:01.:02:07.

It has just tried a up for us. Hopefully we will have a great game

:02:08.:02:13.

of rugby. Willie, one of those great days in the sporting calendar? It is

:02:14.:02:19.

fantastic. In 1967I saw my first final. It really is exciting. I

:02:20.:02:27.

think it is a fabulous exhibition for the end of the year of schoolboy

:02:28.:02:33.

rugby. A different vintage beside you. Ian, memories of 1989?

:02:34.:02:42.

Obviously mixed emotions. Two finals but two losses. As you look back on

:02:43.:02:47.

a career, those are two of the highlights, playing with the makes

:02:48.:02:52.

you came through school with. Shame about the results. How much does it

:02:53.:02:57.

come down to coping with the occasion? Massively so. It is a big

:02:58.:03:04.

pitch. Bigger than schoolboys are used to. It can be quite heavy. And

:03:05.:03:11.

it is on TV. A huge occasion. I hope the nerves do not get the better of

:03:12.:03:21.

them. As per usual, it is RBAI and Methody again? Absolutely, they

:03:22.:03:27.

always seem to come through. Methody are the dark horses. They have done

:03:28.:03:30.

it the hard way. Winning in Armagh. Getting through. Everybody felt it

:03:31.:03:37.

was going to be Ballymena in the final. That's the way it goes.

:03:38.:03:45.

Methody will be strong. Let's meet the teams. Let's here from Methody,

:03:46.:03:49.

back in the final for the first time since 2014. Instead aiming for three

:03:50.:03:54.

wins in a row. Both teams happy to take on their closest rivals.

:03:55.:04:02.

It's massive. If you are going to ask any Methody people who'd they'd

:04:03.:04:06.

want to finish their schoolboy career against in the final, it

:04:07.:04:12.

would be RBAI. It is always a big game. It doesn't get much bigger

:04:13.:04:20.

than playing Methody in a final. RBAI have in the form team this

:04:21.:04:24.

season. I'm sure they won't enjoy playing us in the final. Massive

:04:25.:04:31.

rivalry. Different atmosphere when they face each other. But ultimately

:04:32.:04:36.

a lot of respect between the schools. It is a big rivalry but it

:04:37.:04:44.

is one everybody enjoys. The boys play hard on the pitch. They know

:04:45.:04:50.

each other so well off the pitch. There is a healthy respect between

:04:51.:04:51.

the schools. You put that behind you when you get

:04:52.:05:11.

on the pitch. We have played them through junior school. It is always

:05:12.:05:14.

a great match. If you're lucky enough to get one

:05:15.:05:32.

final, but I have been very lucky because this is my third. To lead at

:05:33.:05:36.

the boys on St Patrick's Day day will be a massive honour. Watching

:05:37.:05:41.

young men out there putting their best skills against the other top

:05:42.:05:47.

team in the province. It is great. You get the atmosphere of all the

:05:48.:05:53.

pupils and past peoples coming back. They have a real affiliation to

:05:54.:05:59.

their school. Such a great celebration of schoolboy rugby. It

:06:00.:06:02.

is a real privilege to be part of it. I haven't seen a group from

:06:03.:06:09.

Christmas time on who moved on as well as these guys have. I want them

:06:10.:06:13.

to do the best on the day and get what deserve. Obviously it would be

:06:14.:06:18.

sweeter from their end if they beat Methody to win three in a row. It

:06:19.:06:26.

will be sweeter if we beat RBI to when the final. -- RBAI. But

:06:27.:06:33.

ultimately it is about who goes up there to lift that trophy.

:06:34.:06:39.

Save to say they are up for it. It is an intense rivalry but there is

:06:40.:06:42.

respect? There is tremendous respect. To fabulous coaches with

:06:43.:06:49.

great experience. Not just of the schools rugby but also club rugby as

:06:50.:06:53.

well. They will take that experience in. They know every little single

:06:54.:07:00.

ward there is. They will be trying to exploit it today. So much

:07:01.:07:05.

history? These are the teams who have played most in the final. The

:07:06.:07:09.

big thing for me is the RBAI defence. They have only conceded 11

:07:10.:07:17.

points. Dan Soper has brought almost like a professionalism this year. --

:07:18.:07:24.

a professionalism. It will be a big game and I will be interested to see

:07:25.:07:27.

how they go. Let's hope we see some running rugby. Let's sample some of

:07:28.:07:33.

the atmosphere. Thank you. The tension is building

:07:34.:07:39.

-- the tension is building. Both sets of players just gone back into

:07:40.:07:42.

the dressing room having finished their warm ups. I am joined by Paul

:07:43.:07:48.

Marshall. You have experienced playing in a final with Methody.

:07:49.:07:53.

What was that like? It is a fantastic location for everybody.

:07:54.:07:57.

The noise is building ready. It will be the highlight of their careers in

:07:58.:08:03.

school and they will hope to kick on in the Ulster and Ireland collars. A

:08:04.:08:08.

lot of people talking about the experience of RBAI. Will that be a

:08:09.:08:13.

factor? I think for some it will give them confidence. Methody are

:08:14.:08:17.

definitely the underdogs. If you are playing in a final, there is less

:08:18.:08:21.

pressure if you are underdogs. The conditions are pretty tough. It will

:08:22.:08:29.

be who controls the game best. You are familiar with a lot of the

:08:30.:08:33.

Methody players. Nick Wells is a former coach of yours. Who should we

:08:34.:08:38.

be looking out for? Methody are strong at scrum-half. Jonny Jordan.

:08:39.:08:46.

It'll be interesting. In terms of Methody, their back row, their

:08:47.:08:49.

forwards will be well drilled generally. Their back row will be

:08:50.:08:53.

strong. The centre pairing is strong as well. It will be interesting to

:08:54.:08:57.

see how they go. That is it from us on the touchline. Back to you.

:08:58.:09:03.

Paul Marshall still looks like a schoolboy, doesn't he? He does!

:09:04.:09:10.

Great to see him here. What do you make of the standard? You are

:09:11.:09:13.

involved with the Ulster Academy. Is the standard on the up? It is. We

:09:14.:09:21.

have seen a lot of great players from schools level and on the 19s. A

:09:22.:09:31.

couple of them are playing today. In fact, four of them. Exceptional

:09:32.:09:34.

talent. That is what we have to build on. To bring these players

:09:35.:09:42.

through for Ulster. It is really ramping up. We will talk

:09:43.:09:45.

specifically about some of the talent on show. Ian, you have picked

:09:46.:09:52.

specifically Michael Lowry. This is his third final. He has a lot of

:09:53.:09:57.

experience of playing schools rugby. The other great game in the

:09:58.:10:02.

semifinal. He is a small guy. He is targeted by the opposition but he

:10:03.:10:06.

hits a lot harder than his size. His ball carrying, his distribution... A

:10:07.:10:13.

bit of pace, a bit of awareness. Showing a lovely dummy and going the

:10:14.:10:18.

length. He has a bit of Paddy Jackson about him. Is similar

:10:19.:10:22.

stature. It shows the experience and the leadership that he has got.

:10:23.:10:28.

Willie, you have had a look at Paul curve Methody. He had an exceptional

:10:29.:10:34.

game against B Ore. He scored a couple of tries. He is a robust and

:10:35.:10:38.

strong player. -- Belfast Royal Academy. He will have a stronger

:10:39.:10:48.

defence against him today. But he is one that RBAI have to keep an eye

:10:49.:10:54.

on. As we look at some of the highlights, Paul Kerr, I suppose for

:10:55.:10:59.

the players, how do they cope with this pressure and this occasion?

:11:00.:11:04.

This is where it will be building. They are in the changing room. They

:11:05.:11:08.

are thinking about being on TV, in front of their schools. You have to

:11:09.:11:13.

have a positive mindset. That is where the experience of the coaches

:11:14.:11:16.

will, going to play. They have to be excited. The RBAI guys will be full

:11:17.:11:21.

of confidence after a good win in the semifinal. Methody have had some

:11:22.:11:25.

great wins and they will be keen to do a good show today. This is a key

:11:26.:11:31.

time when the coach gets to say the final words? You would like to think

:11:32.:11:36.

of this state is the captain will have the final word. That is their

:11:37.:11:40.

job from now on when they get across the whitewash. Ireland boss Joe

:11:41.:11:48.

Schmidt took this time to send a message to the finalists.

:11:49.:11:53.

Lads, I know it is coming up to the final of the Ulster Schools' Cup and

:11:54.:11:56.

it will be a super occasion. I know both teams will be well motivated.

:11:57.:12:01.

All the best two RBAI and Methody. I'm sure it will be a fantastic

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match. May the best team win. If you are

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watching, enjoy the game. Good luck tomorrow. He may not be watching

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today, he might be busy. Final predictions? I have a sneaking

:12:14.:12:19.

feeling that RBAI have too much experience and too many top-quality

:12:20.:12:24.

players in their ranks. But we can't write off Methody. They have been

:12:25.:12:30.

here, they are underdogs. They will give it a fight. It comes down to

:12:31.:12:36.

who performs on the day. RBAI will be favourites. They have been slow

:12:37.:12:43.

starters. I fancy RBAI coming through today. More from the man at

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half-time. The teams are almost ready. We will get across to our

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commentary team, Tony McWhirter and on the microphone for his 40th

:12:55.:12:57.

Ulster Schools' Cup final, Jim Neilly.

:12:58.:13:02.

Alas, Saint Patrick hasn't quite turned up the warm side of the

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stone. The final of the second oldest rugby club addition in the

:13:09.:13:18.

world -- second oldest rugby club competition in the world... This is

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the 141st final. Methody in their 63rd final. RBAI in their 67.

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Methody and won 35, RBAI 31. RBAI hope the gap will be closing after

:13:33.:13:39.

today. I'm certain the chaps from Malone Road will have a big say. It

:13:40.:13:44.

promises to be a cracker. The final has been played here since 1924.

:13:45.:13:50.

Calum Green will be contesting his third final. -- Callum read.

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Matty Loane is joined in an impressive back row by Kelly and

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Gallagher. Experience in the centre. On the wing is Ethan McIlroy, whose

:14:27.:14:40.

brother was a winner in 2009. Oisin Quinn is the referee. He has the

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looking forward to this one. It is gone to be Methodist College to kick

:14:45.:14:49.

this game off. Perhaps a little bit of breeze in their favour. That is a

:14:50.:15:04.

decent kick. That is not a bad kick. Methody have to be very careful.

:15:05.:15:09.

Larmour has decided to run this. Methody setting out their stall.

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Well won back by the Methody pack. Good tackling, J Finnegan coming in.

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O'Donnell opting for the narrow side. Armstrong goes down to ground.

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Hat-trick scorer in the semifinal. Outrageous little dummy from

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O'Donnell, did not quite get away with it.

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Callum Reid, powerful prop forward. They get the penalty, good start.

:16:16.:16:30.

All about ball retention. Good afternoon gym, everybody. The

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initial kick, long, putting pressure. Good ball retention. The

:16:38.:16:43.

initial penalty given away at the breakdown. Should be good kicking

:16:44.:16:56.

for both sides. James Hume will have a shot at goal. His third year in

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the first 15, second successive final. About six feet two. Just

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under 16 stone. A lot of international centre three quarters

:17:13.:17:18.

is not as big as this fellow. All three points for RBAI in last year's

:17:19.:17:37.

final. Included a converted try. Three minutes gone, still no score.

:17:38.:17:44.

Trying to keep it flat, as the wind. Just past the left-hand upright.

:17:45.:17:55.

Straight through, Michael Lowry. Lovely little backhanded flick to

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his hooker. Cleverly done. A list of skills shown by the men in black and

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yellow. Lowry back in position. Good, aggressive stuff by the

:18:15.:18:25.

holders. That might be turned over, good, aggressive play. Good defence

:18:26.:18:37.

by MCB. Really putting the rush on. Anybody watching this afternoon,

:18:38.:18:43.

Young McClory, wearing the scrum cap, he has the full package, in

:18:44.:18:48.

terms of playing rugby football. Good pace, good tackle. Did not find

:18:49.:19:07.

touch. MCB up very quickly. The ball was spilled forward by Dermot

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Wallace, the second row. Cameron Kelly on this occasion, real Vokes

:19:12.:19:21.

rush. O'Donnell looking to hit the first receiver, flying up into the

:19:22.:19:25.

tackles, they know first contact is important. Considerably heavier than

:19:26.:19:38.

Methodist College. The average wait a few years ago was 15 and a half

:19:39.:19:50.

stones. Well taken by Cameron Kelly. Here comes Finnegan. Started on the

:19:51.:19:57.

wing a few years ago, full-back last year. Well kicked by O'Donnell. Well

:19:58.:20:11.

taken by Doherty. Lyttle making a tackle first. Jordan in quickly. The

:20:12.:20:21.

skipper was back there, the scrum-half. Not committing too many

:20:22.:20:29.

men to the breakdown, interesting. Gibbons speak tallest man in the MCB

:20:30.:20:33.

team. That will be all the way back. Good

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pressure. Solid midfield. Really going around the fringes. The

:20:57.:21:02.

challenge was well wrapped up. Unfortunate mistake, very sweet

:21:03.:21:11.

contact. A shot of the senior coach, Nicky Wells, who took over from his

:21:12.:21:15.

dad. Winning his first ever Schools Cup final in 74, the first of three

:21:16.:21:26.

in a row. Well stolen by MCB. Well read, picked off nicely. Jordan,

:21:27.:21:34.

inside 22, line-out. A great steel, and a crucial steel.

:21:35.:21:45.

Simply picked off in front of David McCann.

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Cheeky dummy by the scrum-half. He needs a bit of help. Gets it from

:22:03.:22:15.

the open side. That will be a penalty. All the pressure coming

:22:16.:22:21.

from the holders. Not able to finish things off. MCB coughing up the

:22:22.:22:33.

ball. If they manage to get the turnover, important experiences such

:22:34.:22:36.

a large part of the afternoon, they just need to play their game.

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Davidson was on the bench last year, starting the counterattack. Omar

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just putting a toe in touch. Came off the bench last year. 13 of last

:22:55.:23:03.

year's matched a 22 back in action for RBAI. 11 of the squad starting

:23:04.:23:11.

today. Daniel Saber keeps turning out the scenes. Very strong right

:23:12.:23:17.

throughout the school. A lot of other six boys. They may have to

:23:18.:23:23.

start to rebuild again. Good catch and drive by MCB. Still driving

:23:24.:23:30.

forward. A good drive by Methodist College. Jordan waiting. They have

:23:31.:23:45.

earned a penalty. Good work, Thomas Gallagher giving his forwards a

:23:46.:23:51.

round of applause. Something they used very well in the semifinal

:23:52.:23:54.

against Belfast Royal Academy. Rolling very efficiently. RBAI will

:23:55.:24:02.

have to be aware of that, a large part of their armoury. Paul care

:24:03.:24:16.

scored 40 points in the cup. Three of them in the semifinal. Josh

:24:17.:24:27.

Trainer. Gibbons at the front for MCB. Some hard graft. It is paying

:24:28.:24:51.

off. Dominating these exchanges. Getting their hands on the ball,

:24:52.:24:55.

staying on their feet. Preventing MCB from getting the ball on the

:24:56.:25:01.

ground, winning the scrum for their sizes they had a great game in the

:25:02.:25:08.

semifinal, against the much vaunted defence. Paddy Finnegan on the near

:25:09.:25:21.

side of the scrum. A flat ball by Hume. If he held that he was

:25:22.:25:28.

through. Referee playing advantage to MCB. Trying to counter ruck. Not

:25:29.:25:36.

putting too many players in there. That is a mistake, gotten loose.

:25:37.:25:38.

David Lyttle could not snap it up. Must regain possession on the MCB

:25:39.:25:58.

ten yard line. A bit of ground made. Taken on by Gallagher. James played

:25:59.:26:07.

for MCB, his brother played for another team. The pass was a bit too

:26:08.:26:13.

flat. Nothing that they can do on the left wing. Just taking their eye

:26:14.:26:19.

off-the-ball once or twice. Slightly overcooked pass. Nice refereeing

:26:20.:26:22.

bike -- by Quinn. Just letting your team

:26:23.:26:34.

play, making sure the game is nice and fast.

:26:35.:26:45.

His dad is a writer, director, nominated for an Academy award,

:26:46.:27:06.

about 16 or 17 years ago. Hard to believe that in the hundred and 31st

:27:07.:27:12.

final, only the 15th between these two sides. Two the dominant sides in

:27:13.:27:19.

the cup, amazing they have only met on 15 occasions. Given competition

:27:20.:27:26.

has grown unchanged, in recent years, moving away from the open

:27:27.:27:31.

draw to seeded teams, quite surprising they have met only on

:27:32.:27:42.

that number of occasions. That was not altogether straight. Omar, not

:27:43.:27:50.

the biggest number rate in the world, but very quick. The running

:27:51.:28:00.

game is not really clicked yet. A step by Hume, well tackle. That was

:28:01.:28:07.

not forward. They get on fine tuning is not there at the moment. The

:28:08.:28:11.

outside backs are a little bit overeager. Playing the runaround

:28:12.:28:20.

play. Coming short. Well Marshall. -- well marshalled. You can see what

:28:21.:28:29.

the game is. Cal Reeva is the main ball-carrier. Smashing over the gain

:28:30.:28:30.

line. Johnny Jordan playing it under 18

:28:31.:28:54.

and U19 level. Abstraction I think. Well spotted by Quinn. I think

:28:55.:29:04.

Michael Lowry will go for the corner, good decision by the

:29:05.:29:08.

captain. Found a very good touch. Solid kick. Going back to the scrum,

:29:09.:29:17.

you will see a lot of this, you will see a team putting the ball into the

:29:18.:29:22.

rain scrum, cracking around, coming back to the right-hand side. We will

:29:23.:29:27.

see a lot of looking for the screen pass. Taking the pressure off the

:29:28.:29:34.

number nine. Making it easier to clear their lines defensively. Can

:29:35.:29:42.

they execute the drive? Well tucked in. Little glance. Rambling forward.

:29:43.:29:51.

MCB managing to hold that down. The referee has the hand-out for a

:29:52.:29:55.

penalty. The drive forward. Held up very close. Half a metre away. Still

:29:56.:30:01.

playing advantage. Saunders sitting back. O'Donnell to the near side.

:30:02.:30:06.

Omar, for the line, squeezed into touch. Still in play. There is the

:30:07.:30:21.

drive and the try. It is, Omar. Might it Billy McKay be Keith

:30:22.:30:26.

O'Donnell. Just a dummy pass, around the corner. Impressive. Great

:30:27.:30:30.

line-out play. In control of the back. 15, 20 metres churning,

:30:31.:30:36.

keeping their patients. You see the dummy. You see the dummy. Good

:30:37.:30:43.

score, nothing more than they deserve.

:30:44.:30:47.

The last one up was Yasser Omar. As he went for the line he was held

:30:48.:30:55.

short. He did well to keep the ball infield. A little dummy by Rhys

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O'Donnell. Talking to his dad, Keith, who lost in the 1980 final to

:31:04.:31:15.

Methodist College. Methodist College didn't really do much wrong with

:31:16.:31:19.

their defence. It was just the strength and the poise of Donald

:31:20.:31:23.

from a couple of yards out. -- Donnal.

:31:24.:31:31.

Dan Soper and Richard Hedley. What a Beltor! That is a very good kick by

:31:32.:31:46.

James Hume. He has landed that one. A very good start for the holders.

:31:47.:31:51.

16 minutes gone. That is a cracking kick. The conditions very blustery.

:31:52.:31:56.

That is outstanding. I'm not sure that went ten metres.

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If it's not ten metres they have the choice of the line-out where the

:32:18.:32:26.

ball went into touch. Given Inst's Tipperary are weighed and perhaps

:32:27.:32:30.

superior scrummaging, they have gone for the scrum option. Straightaway

:32:31.:32:35.

we will see the Inst back line splitting. Michael Lowry will stand

:32:36.:32:38.

left with David Lyttle and James Hume. We have the electric pace of

:32:39.:32:45.

David Finnigan. A big right hand side of the pitch to explore. If the

:32:46.:32:51.

pack can set the platform. Nick Wells will not be panicking. Rhys

:32:52.:32:57.

O'Donnell has got away... He needs somebody with him. Good support. Yet

:32:58.:33:08.

huge amount of confidence -- Detroit has given Inst a huge amount of

:33:09.:33:12.

confidence. -- the try. Methody have got themselves out of

:33:13.:33:33.

the way. Name-macro have given away the penalty. Great defending my

:33:34.:33:39.

Methody. -- Inst. The Methody defence has been to verb so far. --

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superb. Name-macro look so dangerous. Rhys O'Donnell pulling

:33:48.:33:52.

the strings. -- Inst. Setting Michael Lowry free. He has been

:33:53.:34:02.

possibly the most consistent performer this season so far for

:34:03.:34:11.

Inst. Just over halfway through the first hour. There is 35 minutes in

:34:12.:34:21.

schools rugby. That has gone long. Good tackle from Thomas Jordan.

:34:22.:34:29.

Ferocious handoff by big -- big David McCann.

:34:30.:34:51.

A lot of inside switching by Inst. Hume sweeps are dried -- wide to

:34:52.:35:02.

Davidson. He get some help from Joe Finnegan. Methody's tackling is

:35:03.:35:08.

terrific. Play on us, says the referee. He has given the penalty to

:35:09.:35:17.

Inst. It might have been Thomas Gallagher coming in from an illegal

:35:18.:35:23.

angle. Rhys O'Donnell found himself in all sorts of trouble. He should

:35:24.:35:26.

have been able to get back on his feet. The referee deemed it was a

:35:27.:35:32.

penalty. It was Paul Kerr coming through. He has to try to get back

:35:33.:35:39.

on his feet quickly. Methody will feel a little harshly treated.

:35:40.:35:45.

Name-macro have advanced to within six or seven metres of the Methody

:35:46.:35:54.

line. -- Inst. Good tackle by Bingham. Callum Reid... Pulled down

:35:55.:36:06.

by the ankle. Soldiers. Infield. -- Saulters. Just over egging the

:36:07.:36:16.

pudding once again. You can quite clearly see what they are trying to

:36:17.:36:21.

do. Go around the corner. Rhys O'Donnell has played several inside

:36:22.:36:25.

passes. It is doing enough to keep the Methody back row honest.

:36:26.:36:31.

Whenever they can create the quick ball, the ball goes wide. Slightly

:36:32.:36:37.

in -- ill timed pass on this occasion. Hume is posing ulcers of

:36:38.:36:44.

questions to Methody. He is drifting wide, he is inside... -- all sorts

:36:45.:36:55.

of questions. The regular loosehead, Alex Cairns, got knocked out in the

:36:56.:37:01.

semifinal. There is a 23 day rule in schools rugby that he is not allowed

:37:02.:37:05.

to play. He missed the final by a matter of days. Methody do well to

:37:06.:37:11.

get it away. And once again Jonny Jordan has kicked splendidly. Yes,

:37:12.:37:21.

he did. Trying to get a finger or a hand on it just to slow the ball

:37:22.:37:23.

down. Great play by the scrum-half. Name-macro have a wee bit of

:37:24.:37:49.

momentum here. -- Inst. This -- this is very Methodist College style

:37:50.:37:53.

rugby. Close to the line. Here they go again. It is over! It is a try!

:37:54.:38:02.

The second try. It is David McCann. That was executed to perfection. You

:38:03.:38:08.

really couldn't have asked for a better one than that. Like Ireland

:38:09.:38:14.

last weekend in Cardiff, no overambitious centre came back in to

:38:15.:38:19.

make a mess of it. -- on like Ireland. David McCann has been

:38:20.:38:26.

outstanding. We have seen him carry ball, good feed going forward. As a

:38:27.:38:32.

looked down, puts his head down. Splinters off. He is a big guy with

:38:33.:38:38.

lots of power. It was made for him by the other forwards. Great

:38:39.:38:44.

control. Technically superb. He has played for Ulster at under 16, 17

:38:45.:38:50.

and 18 level. I am sure he will finish playing in the back row, I

:38:51.:38:53.

would suspect. He is not the tallest fellow.

:38:54.:39:17.

That was a bit of an old-fashioned toe poke. They didn't get near the

:39:18.:39:25.

post. He can kick difficult ones and then misses what look like easy

:39:26.:39:30.

ones. Slightly ominous looking for Methody. It is important to get some

:39:31.:39:35.

field position. Spend some time in the Inst half and get their own

:39:36.:39:46.

scoreboard ticking over. Matty Loane got a thump in the back, fairly

:39:47.:39:48.

legally. I hope he is OK. Well passed by Methodist College.

:39:49.:40:04.

Ethan McIlroy, the first time he has got ball in hand. This is better by

:40:05.:40:22.

Methody. More impressive. One. By Armstrong. He has got away. He was

:40:23.:40:28.

missed by the Inst back row. It has gone forward. That is a fine example

:40:29.:40:33.

of outside-half play by the youngest member of the Methody team, Thomas

:40:34.:40:40.

Armstrong. Reminiscent of Paddy Jackson when he played in his first

:40:41.:40:44.

final as a fifth former. Very much so. Armstrong is taking a flat to

:40:45.:40:54.

the line. Just unable to finish that of. That is more like it from the

:40:55.:40:59.

team in white. They need to come back and perhaps get a point for

:41:00.:41:10.

three, before the interval. Well tackled by Gallagher. What a strong

:41:11.:41:14.

fellow he is. Methody trying to affect the turnover. Lowry saves the

:41:15.:41:26.

day for Inst. Methody overanxious. Unfortunate for them. Going over the

:41:27.:41:30.

top and conceding a penalty when all they had to do was stay on their

:41:31.:41:35.

feet. It is so difficult. Lowry goes down. It is Armstrong. Not giving

:41:36.:41:44.

Lowry time to get back on his feet. If he bought himself half a second

:41:45.:41:47.

he could have picked him up and carried him over the goal line. But

:41:48.:41:53.

given the circumstances, the adrenaline was flowing. Your natural

:41:54.:41:56.

instinct is to play the man on the ground. You want that ball. Michael

:41:57.:42:01.

Lowry was a medallion chain winner in 2014. Hoping to make it the first

:42:02.:42:11.

three in a row Schools' Cup wins for Earth Inst macro for several years.

:42:12.:42:18.

Again, Methody not giving the outstanding prop much room. That was

:42:19.:42:27.

a fine clearing kick. That is a pretty good exit strategy. Yeah, it

:42:28.:42:34.

was brilliant. Callum Reid is technically good with his feet. He

:42:35.:42:38.

gets the ball back. The support is there quickly. Rhys O'Donnell buys

:42:39.:42:44.

him that extra second. You saw the line-out before. Keeping the Methody

:42:45.:42:51.

back row honest. Allowing them time to clear their lines. Josh Trainor.

:42:52.:43:04.

Good line-out from Methody. They will try the drive. It is ambitious

:43:05.:43:08.

to think they can go over from here. That is good protection of the

:43:09.:43:12.

football by Matty Loane. He has wriggled away from a hand. Thompson,

:43:13.:43:23.

who made that searing break. Another flat pass. Ken Doherty got himself

:43:24.:43:26.

flattened there. The Methody full-back. Good tackling by Charlie

:43:27.:43:33.

Cloke, who nearly didn't make the final. He has been bothered by an

:43:34.:43:39.

ankle injury. Here come Methody again. Matty Loane, the

:43:40.:43:43.

inspirational skipper. Taken on by Big Ben Crangle. Weighing in at

:43:44.:43:52.

about 17 stone. Only a fifth former. The wind playing havoc with just

:43:53.:43:56.

about everything, including my notes, which have disappeared! Very

:43:57.:44:06.

noticeable from James Hume, the perspective defensively. He is

:44:07.:44:11.

making a beeline, trying to shut down the 13, 15 Channel 4 Methody.

:44:12.:44:16.

If they can just look up, Methody, they can get outside Hume, there is

:44:17.:44:21.

lots of space. A reverse pass from Rhys O'Donnell. Des O'Donnell would

:44:22.:44:34.

have been proud of that one. Inspirational in mini rugby.

:44:35.:44:44.

Derry He goes Calum Reeva. -- Reid. O'Donnell. Well away by Wallace. Not

:44:45.:45:10.

altogether sure the kick was the right thing to do. Inst has a man

:45:11.:45:26.

down, it is James Hume. Looks like a rib problem. One hopes is not too

:45:27.:45:32.

serious, for his sake. I would agree with you, that last passage of play,

:45:33.:45:39.

if he had looked and given the ball early, he thought he did not have

:45:40.:45:42.

the pace to outrun his opposite defender. As you say, he has pace to

:45:43.:45:48.

burn outside. Nice to see him getting a chance to stretch as

:45:49.:45:51.

lakes, go one-on-one with his opposition. Over five minutes to go.

:45:52.:45:58.

James Hume seems to be all right again. This is the Methody hooker,

:45:59.:46:17.

Josh Trainer. Well pulled in by the prop. Finnegan could not gather,

:46:18.:46:23.

might have done the second attempt. Did he knock it forward? A chance

:46:24.:46:25.

for Methody. A lot of pace out there.

:46:26.:46:40.

McIlroy steps back inside. His brother Blaine was a cup winner for

:46:41.:46:46.

Methody Way back in 2009. Gibbons makes ground for Methody. They could

:46:47.:46:51.

do her points or two before the interval. They might just get it.

:46:52.:46:59.

Bursting through the tackle, from Omar. Recycled by Methody.

:47:00.:47:11.

Bingham. They ran too wide. Thought somebody was going to come in. A

:47:12.:47:34.

high tackle by Inst. That is the best piece of play we have seen from

:47:35.:47:40.

Methodist College. The box kick initially, linking. Good to see the

:47:41.:47:46.

backs and forwards intermingling. The handling skills are magnificent.

:47:47.:47:53.

You could see what Kerr was trying to do. Just not read by the outside

:47:54.:47:58.

backs. A big Cole created on the inside. The referee having a word

:47:59.:48:04.

with James Hume about the tackle. There is Damian McKenzie one of the

:48:05.:48:10.

Inst try scorers. Seems to be having a problem with the contact lens.

:48:11.:48:14.

They started playing at this ground in 1924. Before that, mostly at

:48:15.:48:30.

Balmoral, the Royal Agriculture Society frowns. -- grounds.

:48:31.:48:53.

Inst living history might repeat itself, 60 years on. Josh Trainer.

:48:54.:49:03.

Can Methody do what Inst did to them after just 21 minutes. The ball is

:49:04.:49:09.

in from the back. Here come Methodist College. Pretty close.

:49:10.:49:17.

Jordan acting as a flank forward. Inst trying to counter right. All

:49:18.:49:25.

the pressure coming from Malone. Inst managing to hold them out. It

:49:26.:49:33.

is that close. Tantalising. Here they go again. Third or fourth time

:49:34.:49:37.

of asking. Still Methody press. Terrific defence by Inst. There are

:49:38.:49:44.

men over and this must be tried for Methody. It is a try. In the corner.

:49:45.:49:55.

Methody saving up half another of Inst pressure, conceding to tries.

:49:56.:50:01.

Bouncing back with a splendid effort of the rain. Great try. Good

:50:02.:50:06.

composure. Trying to go round the corner. The big Inst forwards

:50:07.:50:11.

keeping them out. Transferring the ball superbly. Difficult moving the

:50:12.:50:17.

ball, given the conditions. Keeping your spacing and width. Not an easy

:50:18.:50:26.

conversion. It is game on again. His first try in the cup, was assigned

:50:27.:50:39.

do it. Methody now, with a converted try, and a conversion to come. As we

:50:40.:50:51.

approach our time. Paul Kerr, the top points scorer. 40 points today,

:50:52.:50:56.

including four tries, three in the semifinal. He has struck that not

:50:57.:51:03.

badly. Did not quite judge it the way he wanted. It looked as if it

:51:04.:51:08.

might come back in. I don't think Mickey Wells will be too

:51:09.:51:12.

disappointed. He will be very pleased about the last six or seven

:51:13.:51:18.

minutes from his team, mix well. We saw the stats at the start of the

:51:19.:51:23.

game, the weight advantage that Inst have. That extra stone man really

:51:24.:51:29.

tells. How well the Methody backline move the ball. Simple passing game

:51:30.:51:33.

creating the space, beautifully finished. Good restart kick. Inst

:51:34.:51:47.

giving away the penalty. Has the Methody try unlearn them? --

:51:48.:51:59.

unnerved them. The Methody guys looked shell-shocked, it was all

:52:00.:52:03.

Inst. Defending for their lives. A spring in your step, back to one

:52:04.:52:07.

score, you can smell the finishing line again. A few seconds ago. Well

:52:08.:52:18.

taken at the front of the Methody line-out. Cameron Clear Lee. Also

:52:19.:52:26.

representing Leinster at under 17 at and under 18 level. Methody decide

:52:27.:52:36.

not to put the width in this. They decide not to. Popping it into

:52:37.:52:42.

touch. Our time here in the 20 17th Ulster Schools Cup final. Tries from

:52:43.:52:47.

Rhys O'Donnell and David McCann for Inst. Right at the end they tried

:52:48.:52:54.

the end for Methodist College. A pulsating match, the holders Inst

:52:55.:53:06.

12-5 Methody. We certainly have our money 's worth so far. Some dramatic

:53:07.:53:13.

stuff. Inst taking initiative early on, powering their way over. Methody

:53:14.:53:18.

snaking their way back into it at the end of the first hour. Ian

:53:19.:53:24.

Humphreys and Willie Anderson, we have a fair bit of value, despite

:53:25.:53:30.

conditions? It is very blowy, hard to see it on TV. They've team is

:53:31.:53:35.

very physical, it has been nice they have had the confidence to throw the

:53:36.:53:41.

off-loads. Inst disappointed they have not got more of a lead. Fair

:53:42.:53:48.

play to Methody coming back into it. I've impressed with the rugby,

:53:49.:53:52.

giving it is blowing a gale? Outstanding. Inst really using their

:53:53.:53:57.

pack to fantastic effect, scoring a couple of tries. Methody using their

:53:58.:54:05.

backs. As Matt Williams used to say, what champions are made of,

:54:06.:54:12.

fantastic time to score. That first score from Inst, right up your

:54:13.:54:20.

street? Yes, Rhys O'Donnell, such a tremendous terry ever player. Great

:54:21.:54:29.

small. Snapping up the spoils. Like any good scrum-half, presence of

:54:30.:54:33.

mind. Brilliant. They were battling on the line. Ray conversion by James

:54:34.:54:40.

Hume, for the seven points. Everybody talks about the Inst

:54:41.:54:43.

backline, the forwards showing what they can do this week. You would

:54:44.:54:52.

sacrifice that for kickers today. Very hard out there. Even that last

:54:53.:54:56.

conversion looking like it would come round. They are doing well.

:54:57.:55:01.

McCann with the second try, all about the power. He had a couple of

:55:02.:55:06.

breaks before this. Winning the ball. Fantastic low driving maul by

:55:07.:55:13.

Inst. Well controlled. Great to see a pack like this, doing exactly

:55:14.:55:20.

that. Fede for some grand upfront. Took his try fantastically well. How

:55:21.:55:25.

much of a weapon is a strong set piece at schoolboy level? It is

:55:26.:55:30.

massive, while the Inst forwards are doing so well, the Methody pack of

:55:31.:55:35.

getting sucked in. Inst need to use the width. The Methody defence are

:55:36.:55:42.

using two players for each ruck. Give them more space to attack with

:55:43.:55:47.

their threats. The back free have so much pace. I think they will come

:55:48.:55:50.

through second half. Plenty of threat behind from Methody, lovely

:55:51.:55:56.

move for the try. Did very well, starting from them all. This quality

:55:57.:56:01.

of handling not seem very often at professional level. No fancy plays.

:56:02.:56:08.

Simple, good hands. A lot of yards up the middle. The defence gets

:56:09.:56:12.

sucked into Megiddo, accurate passing. The wind was even a factor

:56:13.:56:21.

in this try. Very much so. The Methody players standing square,

:56:22.:56:25.

running straight. Moving the ball very well through the hands.

:56:26.:56:30.

Fantastic. The Dudley Boyz. Let's see what a former Methody people

:56:31.:56:39.

made things. Paul has joined me again for the half-time analysis. A

:56:40.:56:47.

shaky start from Methody. Inst holding onto possession in the

:56:48.:56:52.

opening quarter? Inst with the lion's share possession. Played

:56:53.:56:58.

well. Methody will go in 12-5 down, not too disappointed. With the

:56:59.:57:02.

strong wind behind their backs, they will get more field position. How

:57:03.:57:06.

important was the score before half-time? Massive. Thomas Armstrong

:57:07.:57:14.

playing really well. He has the backline moving well. Scoring in the

:57:15.:57:18.

corner, good try. Looking to get into the right area, put pressure on

:57:19.:57:22.

them. Armstrong shows they have a strong running game. Something they

:57:23.:57:26.

will have to use in the second half, with conditions? Definitely. Inst

:57:27.:57:32.

started well. Rhys O'Donnell, the scrum-half, playing very well,

:57:33.:57:35.

controlling the forwards, moving the ball well. Inst trying to get the

:57:36.:57:42.

ball into James Hume's hand. Strong centre. Not surprise if he gets more

:57:43.:57:50.

ball in this far. The players are back on the pitch, we will get right

:57:51.:57:54.

back down to Gavin. Schoolboy rugby, they are standing in waiting. More

:57:55.:57:59.

from you at full-time. We will hand you back to Tony and the gym.

:58:00.:58:03.

COMMENTATOR: The strength of the wind has increased. Causing problems

:58:04.:58:09.

for kickers and passes. They can cope with rain, but the wind makes

:58:10.:58:13.

it a complete loss. Particularly one as important as this one. Getting

:58:14.:58:29.

the second half under way. Inst have not been in three successive finals

:58:30.:58:37.

since the 1960s. 60, 61, 62. A schoolboy error, but a fairly petty

:58:38.:58:47.

error. Giving possession and advantage straight back to Methodist

:58:48.:58:51.

College, the last thing Inst want to do. The last thing you from Michael

:58:52.:59:00.

Lowry. Nerves? That score before half-time has rattled Inst. No doubt

:59:01.:59:05.

about that. One would have expected him to put down an attempt. One

:59:06.:59:11.

thing James Hume is very good, fast and good in the air. Lowry

:59:12.:59:15.

completely overcooking that. Jordan looking where his backside. Most

:59:16.:59:20.

deployed to the left-hand side. Thomas Gallagher bringing it to the

:59:21.:59:27.

nearside. Not a great attempt at the tackle by James Hume. Hopefully not

:59:28.:59:37.

carrying every problem. Armstrong. -- carrying a rib problem.

:59:38.:59:43.

That was good control of the ball under difficult circumstances by

:59:44.:59:48.

Methody. Thomas Gallagher has been very busy. Inst of tackling well.

:59:49.:00:06.

Only the second try they have conceded in the cup this year.

:00:07.:00:13.

Advantage to Inst. Rhys O'Donnell in a bit of trouble. The referee has

:00:14.:00:24.

played advantage. Paddy Finnegan, twin brother of full-back Joe. Here

:00:25.:00:34.

is Michael Lowry. My word, he is quick. He has got it away to

:00:35.:00:39.

Davidson. He is not slow either. Inst recovered well. Lowry recovered

:00:40.:00:46.

well as well. He gets the ball, show and go outside. Commits a defender.

:00:47.:00:51.

A great tackle from Methody to cover. Inst are going to create

:00:52.:01:05.

problems all day long. He reminds me of Matthew Morgan, who plays for

:01:06.:01:14.

Ospreys. Blistering pace. Good work again by Methody. That was a very

:01:15.:01:27.

good kick. Kept infield. It was not put down. That is interesting. I'm

:01:28.:01:32.

not sure why Inst did that. They would have had a 22 drop out if they

:01:33.:01:37.

had put that down. This could be very interesting. A Methody score

:01:38.:01:43.

could stand the odds makers on their heads, and this final. Very much so.

:01:44.:01:50.

He knows there is a defender coming. His first option is to kick it macro

:01:51.:01:59.

it away. -- kick. Methody get in nice and low. Technically superb.

:02:00.:02:05.

Keep their shape well. Inst have to be on their mettle. Well taken. An

:02:06.:02:14.

offence by Methodist College at the line-out. Somebody coming in in

:02:15.:02:19.

front of the ball. There was a knock site. Joining the line-out before it

:02:20.:02:26.

moved off its platform. You must keep back ten metres from the

:02:27.:02:29.

line-up until the referee jobs 's hands saying the line-out is over.

:02:30.:02:39.

-- drops his hands. That has gone into touch. Pressure off Inst. What

:02:40.:02:48.

has been nice today, all the chat is of Ruan Pienaar leaving Ulster. But

:02:49.:02:55.

there are two good scrum-halves here today. The future looks good. Lowry

:02:56.:03:03.

has burst through. This is good support play. Rhys O'Donnell yet

:03:04.:03:11.

again. They have knocked it forward. They have given away a penalty. Not

:03:12.:03:17.

releasing in the tackle when the try line was within sight. A quick

:03:18.:03:22.

release there and it might have been game over. Yes, here is Lowry once

:03:23.:03:27.

again. Ball in one hand, surveying the options. Keep an eye macro on

:03:28.:03:35.

number 13 for Methody. He got over the ball so quickly, preventing Inst

:03:36.:03:41.

from getting the ball away and winning his team a penalty,

:03:42.:03:44.

potentially stopping a try scoring opportunity. Look at the strength of

:03:45.:03:57.

the assistant referee's Flag. Very much favouring Methodist College.

:03:58.:04:04.

Good take by Bingham. Trainor has the ball under his arm. Methody into

:04:05.:04:10.

the Inst have. Paddy Finnegan has to get out of the way. Trainor still

:04:11.:04:16.

going forward. Good work. Armstrong is a clever playmaker. Well gathered

:04:17.:04:22.

by McIlroy. The ball was passed forward.

:04:23.:04:37.

It's great to see both teams having a go. You have done this a lot

:04:38.:04:45.

longer than I have. But in terms of backline play, I haven't seen the

:04:46.:04:51.

ball used as expensively. Both sets of wingers have seen lots of ball. A

:04:52.:04:58.

fantastic spectacle. A scrum to Inst. They have not really dominated

:04:59.:05:06.

the scrum. Omar picks it up. Nicely done. That was a high tackle. That

:05:07.:05:17.

may be a yellow card. That was a bit naughty. Chris Larmour had come in

:05:18.:05:27.

off his wing. Oisin Quinn will have to have a think about that. He has

:05:28.:05:31.

gone to his touch judge to get some advice. There is nobody to refer to,

:05:32.:05:39.

no TMO. Paul Kerr hung out that arm. Very instinctive. I think he will be

:05:40.:05:48.

lucky if he doesn't go to the bin. No malice, I'm sure. He is Methody's

:05:49.:05:58.

top points scorer for this season, Paul Kerr. The hand is going to the

:05:59.:06:06.

pocket. So alas, it is ten minutes in the bin. Seven minutes in the

:06:07.:06:13.

bin. This is schools rugby. Because they only played 35 minutes each

:06:14.:06:16.

have, it is seven minutes in the bin. He just got beaten by the step.

:06:17.:06:23.

It is easy to throw an arm out. It is an instinctive gesture. Yes it is

:06:24.:06:29.

wrong and yes, the referee has done the right thing. Inst with the

:06:30.:06:34.

numerical advantage. Paul Kerr has been very important in trying to

:06:35.:06:38.

shut down the Inst midfield. Perhaps some breathing space for them now.

:06:39.:06:47.

You can see how strong the wind is. Michael Lowry didn't make much in

:06:48.:06:50.

the way of ground. Just about midway between the Methody 22 at the ten

:06:51.:06:59.

metre line. They are a man short and the Bataclan, Methody. Again the

:07:00.:07:07.

wind causing problems. Surely the option is to throw it to number two

:07:08.:07:12.

or three in the line-out with a strong wind. That was always

:07:13.:07:17.

destined to drift because of the wind. It has given Methody the

:07:18.:07:20.

scrum. My thoughts precisely. Absolutely. It gives them a chance

:07:21.:07:28.

to soak in the opposition, to create more space wide. A very difficult to

:07:29.:07:38.

execute. The first time Inst have got a squeeze on. Gallagher did well

:07:39.:07:45.

for Methody. Methody will try to make ground on the narrow side. Good

:07:46.:07:53.

burst by Josh Trainor. Gallagher was well tackled.

:07:54.:08:05.

Good driving forward by Methody. Jordan with the wind behind him.

:08:06.:08:13.

That was well taken by Inst. Calum Reid has not had a chance to

:08:14.:08:36.

show his speed and strength. That went forward. It is of sight. The

:08:37.:08:41.

ball was knocked on. The man who was in front of the ball touched the

:08:42.:08:47.

ball. Inst making a lot of mistakes. Nicky Wells, I'm sure, is now may be

:08:48.:08:51.

thinking of Methody can survive the next five minutes with a man short

:08:52.:08:55.

and maybe do something, this game could be stored on its head.

:08:56.:09:00.

Absolutely. You can see what Methody are trying to do. Send the extra few

:09:01.:09:12.

men into the ruck. Inst want to see the ball going wide with their

:09:13.:09:19.

advantage. It is about the ball going wide, not picking the right

:09:20.:09:22.

line. Methody getting the ascendancy. Matty Loane has been

:09:23.:09:27.

pretty inspirational. He has made some sensible calls. The shortened

:09:28.:09:31.

line-out was one of the most sensible so far. Inst didn't matter

:09:32.:09:40.

to do that. -- manage. There goes Gallagher. He is very strong. Slips

:09:41.:09:45.

inside from the first tackle. Methody have got a lot of men out

:09:46.:09:53.

wide. That was high. David Lyttle could find himself in the Ben. It's

:09:54.:09:57.

starting to get a little bit attritional. -- in the bin. It may

:09:58.:10:07.

be James Hume. He is gone. The number is a good up. The two main

:10:08.:10:14.

centres off the pitch. He had no option but to send him to the

:10:15.:10:19.

sin-bin. Methody's mein goal kicker is off the field. What a decision by

:10:20.:10:26.

Matty Loane. It looks like the right decision. Instead of going for the

:10:27.:10:30.

three points, they are going for the trite and the conversion. That is a

:10:31.:10:36.

good kick to touch. The kick at goal would almost have been easier. Josh

:10:37.:10:43.

Trainor has had a good afternoon. The Methody set pieces one of their

:10:44.:10:47.

strengths. That is very good by Methodist College. What a good

:10:48.:10:51.

counter drive by the holders. They have got to get themselves out of

:10:52.:10:59.

here. If Methody score, well, you know the script. Jordan has got

:11:00.:11:10.

Matty Loane standing outside him. Matty Loane goes to ground. Lays it

:11:11.:11:16.

back. Here come Methody again. Josh Trainor. Tackled by McCann. An

:11:17.:11:27.

overlap... It is going to be a try! The touch judge has his flag up.

:11:28.:11:34.

Chris Larmour came within a whisker of getting a second and perhaps

:11:35.:11:38.

conclusive try. But the flag was up and it is an Inst line-out. How

:11:39.:11:45.

close was that? Michael Lowry just saved the day. If he had been

:11:46.:11:50.

carrying the ball on his outside arm, he would have been in. It was

:11:51.:11:55.

close from that angle. You can run into the corner flag and that is not

:11:56.:11:59.

touch. It used to be if you hit the corner flag it was touch. But the

:12:00.:12:04.

flag went up and the referee has to go with the touch judge. RNA eye

:12:05.:12:13.

under fierce pressure. -- RBAI. Well done to Methody for coming back.

:12:14.:12:17.

Methody did that well. The driven line-out. Trying to pull in Lowry.

:12:18.:12:27.

There is more room out there. One slightly misplaced pass from Methody

:12:28.:12:32.

that caused the full-back to bobble and take it on his chest. A slightly

:12:33.:12:38.

slicker transfer and he would have been in. Michael Lowry has saved the

:12:39.:12:44.

day for Inst. Another Inst player down. Lowry has got the scrum capped

:12:45.:12:51.

off. Nicky Wells won't be too worried at this stage. They are

:12:52.:12:58.

playing all the cards as we speak. He certainly won't be too worried if

:12:59.:13:03.

Michael Lowry can't continue. This would be a huge blow for Inst. It

:13:04.:13:08.

looks like his left knee is getting some attention. This is the main

:13:09.:13:13.

playmaker for Inst. The other main playmaker, James Hume, is off. It

:13:14.:13:20.

won't be too long before Methody's Naughty Boy, Paul Kerr, comes back

:13:21.:13:24.

on again. Yes, the Nub to main centres. Lowry does well. He

:13:25.:13:32.

sacrifices himself. Must immediately you can see him wince with pain.

:13:33.:13:37.

There is a wee spot of blood on the knee. I don't think that is the

:13:38.:13:42.

problem. I think he has jarred that need or twisted that knee. He

:13:43.:13:48.

doesn't look happy. I am just wondering if Michael Lowry's third

:13:49.:13:53.

of Cup final in a row is over. Charlie Cloke has a word. I'm

:13:54.:13:57.

wondering if he will take over as skipper? It may well be Charlie

:13:58.:14:07.

Cloke. You have to take your hat off to Thomas Gallagher and Matty Loane

:14:08.:14:11.

and the Methodist College back row. They have grabbed this game by the

:14:12.:14:15.

scruff of the neck. Leading from the front in terms of their ball

:14:16.:14:18.

carrying. Their line network, their experience. Setting an example for

:14:19.:14:26.

the other forwards. Looks like Pierce McLernon will come on for

:14:27.:14:30.

Inst. Dermot Wallace is the man going off. McLernon started last

:14:31.:14:38.

year's final. Was left out today. Lowry will have to make a decision.

:14:39.:14:43.

It may even be lower down. Some were just above the ankle for Michael

:14:44.:14:48.

Lowry. He is in an awful lot of pain. He can get up. He is hobbling

:14:49.:14:53.

rather badly. I'm sure he won't want to go off completely. He may go off

:14:54.:14:59.

the field to get some treatment. He will try to continue, Michael Lowry.

:15:00.:15:05.

It will have to be 100%. The way Methody are going, if they see him

:15:06.:15:09.

limping, he will be a defensive weakness for Inst. Surely he can't

:15:10.:15:13.

continue looking like that? I think he knows that as well. He is

:15:14.:15:18.

heartbroken. Inst will bring on another big man to counter the

:15:19.:15:22.

Methody advantage at the line-out. Dermot Wallace. The Inst number

:15:23.:15:32.

four. He is going off. We will have to wait and see. They have to make

:15:33.:15:35.

up their minds. The referee has given him a chance

:15:36.:15:46.

to get right, and get on with the game. That is a serious blow to

:15:47.:15:54.

Inst's ambitions of a third successive Schools Cup win. Hanging

:15:55.:15:59.

in the balance. Delusional captain, playmaker and inspiration, that is

:16:00.:16:07.

Inst's biggest problem for the remaining 20 minutes of the game. --

:16:08.:16:16.

inspirational captain. Sam Friars coming on. Paul Care coming back on

:16:17.:16:31.

any second. Will he play outside half? Good catch and drive from the

:16:32.:16:42.

side. A fair bit of pressure. McDonnell needs to find touch. He

:16:43.:16:48.

has not. Methody growing in confidence. That is not done. How

:16:49.:16:58.

unfortunate for Lowry. Great tackle by Friars

:16:59.:17:06.

just coming off the bench. Interesting to see he will start at

:17:07.:17:17.

the outside half position. I think it will be Lyttle. Sam Fryers in the

:17:18.:17:35.

centre. Wallace has left the field, with McLaren coming on. He goes

:17:36.:17:42.

O'Donnell. Taken on by Fryers, straight into action. Penalty

:17:43.:17:47.

against Methody, they cannot afford to get careless, let Inst back in

:17:48.:17:57.

the game. It is a 23 man game. Sam Fryers of the bench, first bits of

:17:58.:18:02.

play fears has had to do, absolutely textbook, in defence, carrying the

:18:03.:18:11.

ball. Joe Finnegan kick into touch. Good kick to touch, it was. James

:18:12.:18:18.

Hume, well over six feet, around six two, 15 stone. Inst back in the

:18:19.:18:30.

Methody half, as we come to the halfway stage of the second half.

:18:31.:18:35.

Paul Care returning to the field after the sin bin. Not sure who that

:18:36.:18:42.

was meant to go to. The Inst line-out has been all over the

:18:43.:18:49.

place. A bit fractured. A couple of strong decisions, just to slow

:18:50.:18:56.

things down. Trying to run some time off the clock so they can get Hume

:18:57.:19:04.

back. Good refereeing. Bringing them together. Shake hands, behave

:19:05.:19:07.

yourselves. The referee looking around to see

:19:08.:19:24.

whether James Hume is due to come back on. Maybe a minute, maybe two.

:19:25.:19:33.

Paul Care back on, Methody back to their full contingent. Both are full

:19:34.:19:41.

a minute of each other. Hardly any time to gain a great advantage. Reid

:19:42.:19:55.

acquired by his standards. Taken by Kelly, over halfway. Look at the

:19:56.:20:02.

width Methody have. And extra men. Good tackle by Fryers.

:20:03.:20:14.

Nothing much in the open side of the field. Here comes Jordan again. They

:20:15.:20:26.

need somebody to go into scrum-half. Keeping it tight, little pods of

:20:27.:20:33.

four, five forwards. Accidental offside. The man with the ball

:20:34.:20:37.

running into a player of his own side in front of him. Therefore

:20:38.:20:42.

deeming to gain an advantage. Tell-tale signs, two or three guys

:20:43.:20:49.

stretching out limbs. It is a big pitch. Also slightly heavy, given

:20:50.:20:54.

conditions previously. There is the great tackle by Sam Fryers. Care is

:20:55.:21:02.

trying to beat him on the outside. James Hume just warming up of a

:21:03.:21:05.

tracksuit top on. Well presented, to O'Donnell.

:21:06.:21:26.

McLaren. He comes for David Wallace. Good switch. Where will that go?

:21:27.:21:35.

Well collected by Methodist College. Again, tackling letting them down.

:21:36.:21:42.

The hard running Thomas Gallagher, like the rest of the family, can do

:21:43.:21:47.

boxing. Not called to use that skill today. Well taken by Finnegan.

:21:48.:21:59.

Reid nearly getting away. That was not the smartest kid in the world,

:22:00.:22:19.

that one, yes it was. Just running out of ideas. Here is James Hume

:22:20.:22:22.

coming back on making up the numbers. O'Donnell guilty of kicking

:22:23.:22:30.

one or two way. Doherty has played well, full of pace. Nice option,

:22:31.:22:35.

well executed. He would prefer the points, to stay and play. Just back

:22:36.:22:39.

in the ascendancy, a territorial manner. Coming up to the midway

:22:40.:22:48.

point of the second half. Again they go along. This time it worked. Omar,

:22:49.:22:59.

Callum Reid, brought down by the ankle tap. Dad has gone straight

:23:00.:23:08.

into touch. Inst giving away possession. This will give Methody

:23:09.:23:17.

lots of confidence. If Michael Lowry got the ball, the first instinct

:23:18.:23:23.

would be to look up. That pass that he and Hume used effectively. The

:23:24.:23:31.

little steps by the ten, Shayne King that one. A bit of cramp, for

:23:32.:23:42.

McIlroy, nothing too serious. Josh Trainer injuring himself, played

:23:43.:23:43.

very well. Mickey Wells will be reasonably

:23:44.:23:55.

happy. He would like your site to finish it off, if they can. This is

:23:56.:24:04.

a shot behind him of Alex Cairns, got knocked out in the semifinal,

:24:05.:24:09.

unavailable for this one. A bit like the match last year, for Inst,

:24:10.:24:14.

Belfast College, defending manfully for the second half. So far Methody

:24:15.:24:25.

have-nots, but cannot find the key. Inst making another replacement.

:24:26.:24:38.

Josh Trainer, fantastic line-out throwing all afternoon. Sensible

:24:39.:24:47.

catch at the front. Methody have that Thaksin. Thomas Gallagher

:24:48.:24:53.

joining them. Up to the 22, over the 22. Trying to catch Inst offside.

:24:54.:25:00.

Methody building up a considerable head of steam. Still going, making

:25:01.:25:05.

contact with the man in front. Nothing illegal by that. Great work

:25:06.:25:08.

by the Methody forwards. They have Inst stretched. They could

:25:09.:25:23.

be in again. Well taken by Nathan McCullum

:25:24.:25:29.

Here comes Gallagher, fellow back row forward. They have been

:25:30.:25:46.

terrific. Gibbons, the big second row. Still there for Methody. Can

:25:47.:25:52.

they get over the posts? Only a converted try between them.

:25:53.:25:58.

Remember, they have long since stopped having extra time replays,

:25:59.:26:03.

if it finishes level, then the cup is shared. Inst will certainly not

:26:04.:26:10.

one that, they have not had a three in a row sequence for over 70 years.

:26:11.:26:17.

Still therefore Methody. Inst give away the penalty. Jordan did that

:26:18.:26:26.

well, buying the extra half second. Just giving away the penalty. Look

:26:27.:26:30.

at the quality of the transfer of the pass. Off the left-hand.

:26:31.:26:37.

Methody, to a man, playing at the epitome of a team. Maybe not the big

:26:38.:26:44.

names, like Inst side, but playing for each other, giving everything.

:26:45.:26:51.

Paul Kerr back on again. This will make it a whole different ball game.

:26:52.:27:05.

No mistake from close range from Paul Kerr, all of a sudden looking a

:27:06.:27:13.

lot rosier for Methodist College. After 22 minutes, they found

:27:14.:27:19.

themselves 12-0 behind. More than clawing their way back. Inst looking

:27:20.:27:25.

shell-shocked. Walking back to the kick-off. Losing their captain

:27:26.:27:30.

Michael Lowry and they need someone else to step up and compete,

:27:31.:27:35.

grabbing this by the scruff of the neck. As things stand, it is Methody

:27:36.:27:45.

on the front foot. A bit too long. There goes McIlroy. Billy Gribben

:27:46.:27:55.

coming on from the bench. Gathered by Inst.

:27:56.:28:07.

And again, the rambling of the Lucent prop, Callum Reid well held.

:28:08.:28:23.

A good gathered by Inst. David McCann, one of the first try

:28:24.:28:29.

scorers. Inst need something here. Better stuff from Inst. Here is

:28:30.:28:37.

Hume. Looks like a high tackle. Referee is happy enough.

:28:38.:28:47.

Inst need to get a point of some kind.

:28:48.:29:05.

Good tackle by Josh Trainer. Trying to prevent that coming back. Set up

:29:06.:29:22.

by Paddy Finnegan. Inst getting closer. Callum Black becoming more

:29:23.:29:38.

prominent. Inst's turn to get it wide. No advantage, Inst get the

:29:39.:29:47.

putting on the scrum. Going back to type, the ball coming wide. Paul

:29:48.:29:52.

Kerr, probably having the advantage on Hume, marshalling him brilliantly

:29:53.:30:00.

midfield. Such a large part of the Inst offence, but Methody of

:30:01.:30:07.

shutting down. Forcing him into unforced errors. Unusual for him.

:30:08.:30:13.

Difficult part of this match. Quite a few guys going down, cramping.

:30:14.:30:18.

They know the emotional side of it. A lot of build-up to this. The pitch

:30:19.:30:23.

is heavy. It has been a high-quality game. The ball has been played for

:30:24.:30:28.

an awful long time. Referee has had a tremendous game, letting the game

:30:29.:30:32.

go. Traditional schoolboy rugby at its best. He has contributed in a

:30:33.:30:40.

major way to this game. Refereeing it in the spirit of the game, with

:30:41.:30:41.

sympathy. And the initial nog foreword by

:30:42.:30:52.

RBAI, the holders. Just about 11 minutes and a bit to go. -- the

:30:53.:30:58.

initial knock forward. More replacements coming on.

:30:59.:31:12.

Gallagher tries to get away on the narrow side. He said the ball up

:31:13.:31:22.

nicely for Methody to clear. They do clear but only by a matter of a few

:31:23.:31:30.

metres. Gallagher has been the fulcrum of this Methody side.

:31:31.:31:34.

Perhaps not the right option, going against the grain. Inst closing down

:31:35.:31:39.

well. Good pressure from his opposite number. Yasser Omar. Just

:31:40.:31:46.

to put Jordan under pressure with his box-kick. Inst still ahead 54

:31:47.:31:55.

pints. -- four points. Anger Adair has come on for Inst. -- Angus. Son

:31:56.:32:09.

of Andy. Former Ulster hooker. They have got the ball well protected out

:32:10.:32:17.

of the back. O'Donnell with an -- Ridgers dummy. Well tackled by

:32:18.:32:22.

Methody. Inst get the penalty. What do you do hear? You are less than a

:32:23.:32:28.

try ahead. You have the chance of three points to go more than a try

:32:29.:32:35.

had. Decision time. Given the conditions a kick at goal is not

:32:36.:32:40.

straightforward. Yes it would put them back in the ascendancy. But

:32:41.:32:44.

perhaps the scrum and running sometime off the clock if the right

:32:45.:32:52.

call. -- some time. Given the increased superiority of Inst in the

:32:53.:32:57.

scrum, it took them a while to exert that extra weight difference. There

:32:58.:33:04.

is Charlie Cloke. He was very doubtful for this. He did

:33:05.:33:07.

wonderfully well to get through an hour of this final. Straightaway we

:33:08.:33:17.

see Inst sacrifice they left wing. He is standing just behind his

:33:18.:33:22.

outside-half. Already they have a numerical advantage in terms of

:33:23.:33:31.

what's available in the open play. Inst have got everybody behind the

:33:32.:33:35.

scrum. That leads me to think they might be trying something clever.

:33:36.:33:43.

That didn't look straight. Hume, the scorer of the conclusive try against

:33:44.:33:48.

Campbell College a year ago. Taken on by McCann. Methody told to leave

:33:49.:34:01.

the ball. The referee is playing advantage to Inst. Omar. Calum

:34:02.:34:09.

Green... He had a go himself. -- Kalann read.

:34:10.:34:14.

Methody hands in that legally. O'Donnell sets it up. Here come Inst

:34:15.:34:23.

again. Hume trying to use his strength. Not really working. Again

:34:24.:34:29.

Inst battling the Methody line. And again Methody hanging in there.

:34:30.:34:42.

They're so close. Yasser Omar... Kalann read is standing by. Is this

:34:43.:34:44.

his day? David Lyttle got it wide. Hume... A

:34:45.:35:05.

battering ram. Silly pressure coming from the holders. Joe Finnegan...

:35:06.:35:10.

Good covering tackle by the Methody skipper, Saulters. Now it is Callum

:35:11.:35:25.

Reid. There were men outside. Yasser Omar... He managed to just keep his

:35:26.:35:33.

composure and keep possession of the ball. Inst have said it up. They are

:35:34.:35:42.

using the replacements. O'Donnell looking for a runner in the

:35:43.:35:49.

openside. Calum Reid goes to ground. Good work on the ground by Josh

:35:50.:35:56.

Trainor for Methody. Hume needed to give the ball. Just checked a little

:35:57.:36:03.

bit. The Methody defence were up to him. Here they go again. McCann

:36:04.:36:15.

manages to set it up. We have had six or seven minutes of solid Inst

:36:16.:36:20.

pressure. They have gone through phase after phase after phase.

:36:21.:36:25.

Methody have kept them out. Calum Green has knocked it forward. Five

:36:26.:36:32.

minutes remaining of normal playing time. -- Callum Burton read.

:36:33.:36:36.

Methodist College have put in an amazing shift. Yes, they have. Joe

:36:37.:36:43.

Finnegan down. Rab is not a lot of advantage coming for Inst. I know

:36:44.:36:48.

the referee had given the penalty underneath the posts. -- perhaps not

:36:49.:36:58.

a lot of advantage. They would perhaps have wished to have gone

:36:59.:37:03.

back and had the shot at three. New can't question this Methody defence.

:37:04.:37:08.

It has been absolutely brilliant. The backroads superb. Young Jordan

:37:09.:37:15.

at scrum-half. -- the back row superb. As Finnegan recovered from

:37:16.:37:26.

his boat of cramp? There is no sign of Inst bringing anybody else on at

:37:27.:37:30.

the moment. The rain has come in with a vengeance. We have got rain

:37:31.:37:36.

and wind. Add a even noticing it? I don't think so. They are in the

:37:37.:37:41.

zone. There is a long way for Methody to go. They are camped

:37:42.:37:45.

inside their own five metre line. They haven't opened up this Inst

:37:46.:37:53.

back line at any stage. They scored their try from phase play yes, but

:37:54.:37:59.

off the set piece they haven't had a courting effect. -- courting. It

:38:00.:38:12.

would be a Methody scrum. Adair, wearing number 21, on the far side

:38:13.:38:18.

for Methody. In the front row, Gribben, reserve hooker a year ago.

:38:19.:38:23.

Now reserve prop and on the side. Good pick up by Gallagher. Good run.

:38:24.:38:31.

Taken down by David Lyttle. Methody need to get out of here. That was

:38:32.:38:39.

the loosehead prop, Darren Morelli. He was the captain, Matty Loane. He

:38:40.:38:50.

has played so well. Gallagher again. Possibly Methody's best player.

:38:51.:38:59.

Taken on by Cameron Kelly. The Methody back row as a unit have been

:39:00.:39:03.

pretty effective. Ben Crangle, only a youngster. 17 stone, the heaviest

:39:04.:39:10.

man on the park. We'll Methody be tempted to kick? Maybe not. Dragged

:39:11.:39:18.

over the line. That will be a five metre scrum. That was a very good

:39:19.:39:24.

piece of tackling by McCann. Pierce McLernon, maybe Jim, the

:39:25.:39:27.

replacement. Didn't he do well? He closed him down so well. You're

:39:28.:39:33.

absolutely right. He is a very big unit. He kept his disappointment

:39:34.:39:39.

under wraps at having played last year and not starting this year. He

:39:40.:39:44.

was overlooked for Dermot Wallace, a replacement the previous year.

:39:45.:39:48.

Pierce McLernon has come on and made presence felt. This is Inst's chance

:39:49.:39:58.

to put this game to bed. One would expect maybe Omar and O'Donnell...

:39:59.:40:07.

Their link play between eight and nine has been a joy to watch.

:40:08.:40:10.

Perhaps a strike move involving Hume. Omar knocked it forward. Can

:40:11.:40:19.

you believe that? He tried to be too clever. He tried to pick it up

:40:20.:40:23.

one-handed. In this weather and in these conditions, you have got two

:40:24.:40:32.

hands, young man. Stick it up your jumper, go Route one. Paddy Finnegan

:40:33.:40:40.

was ready to pick it up. The set piece had been called. It was just

:40:41.:40:45.

execution, Jim. Another man down with some cramp. It is Zach

:40:46.:40:50.

Davidson, the Methody right wing three quarters. Always nice to see

:40:51.:40:57.

an Inst man sorting out a Methody man! A bit of cross pollination from

:40:58.:41:04.

the physio team. I can put my hand on my heart and say some of my best

:41:05.:41:12.

friends are collegian 's! -- collegians! Inst making a

:41:13.:41:18.

replacement. Ethan Field has come on and one of the try scorers as left

:41:19.:41:24.

the field, David McCann. McCann has had a fine game. He played very well

:41:25.:41:30.

in the semifinal. He followed it this afternoon. He can be well happy

:41:31.:41:38.

with his afternoon's work. Lewis Lowry on for Methody. Wearing number

:41:39.:41:40.

22. Lys Gomis ollie same place. This

:41:41.:41:55.

time it is a Methody scrum. -- the scrum is in the same place. Lewis

:41:56.:42:01.

Miller, in fact, has come on for a Methodist College, I beg your

:42:02.:42:07.

pardon. Good tackling thereby Inst. And by Ethan Field. Methody Stoke,

:42:08.:42:15.

as they have been for the last six or seven minutes, inside their own

:42:16.:42:20.

22. They don't want to kick the ball because possession will be given

:42:21.:42:25.

away. How do they get themselves out of your? I don't think a kick would

:42:26.:42:32.

be a bad option. Given how unpredictable the conditions are.

:42:33.:42:36.

Perhaps just rely on the bounce of the ball. They try to run it. Josh

:42:37.:42:42.

Trainor has had a horrific game in the middle of the Methody front row.

:42:43.:42:47.

Cramp affecting a lot of young men here this afternoon. Tough

:42:48.:42:52.

conditions. Methody still struggling. Inst try to get the ball

:42:53.:43:03.

away. Lovely flat pass by Armstrong. Callum Reid just about hangs onto

:43:04.:43:07.

the Methody ball-carrier. Jordan was in there quickly. Trainor again, a

:43:08.:43:18.

bolt of energy. Methody still inside their 22. That was John Bingham who

:43:19.:43:22.

made some ground. Forward by Methody. Inst will get the putting

:43:23.:43:29.

to the scrum. Six and a half minutes remaining. It will be difficult,

:43:30.:43:36.

given the fact that Inst have got the ball now. It is a litany of

:43:37.:43:42.

cramp on the pitch. Perhaps that decision from Inst that we talked

:43:43.:43:48.

about in the Methody half, do they go for the post or kick the corner,

:43:49.:43:52.

they chose to go for the latter and they have been ensconced down here

:43:53.:43:57.

for the last 67 minutes. Methody unable to break them down from set

:43:58.:44:03.

piece or phase play. Looks like Yasser Omar who is down injured.

:44:04.:44:14.

Adam Fryers gives him a pat. The James Hume is having a word with his

:44:15.:44:20.

number eight. He is a huge man. He is saying to him, get the ball at

:44:21.:44:24.

the back of the scrum, pick it up and don't let go. Thomas Gallagher

:44:25.:44:30.

has the cramp for a Methody. Another man still down with cramp. It has

:44:31.:44:41.

been a very odd last ten minutes. At least half a dozen players going

:44:42.:44:46.

down with cramp. It has been a seesaw location, the whole game. It

:44:47.:44:51.

has ebbed and flowed brilliantly. Inst in the ascendancy for long

:44:52.:44:55.

periods. This is what we see from the Methody back line, their ability

:44:56.:44:59.

to move the ball under pressure. Inst came back really well after

:45:00.:45:04.

looting their captain with ten or 15 minutes remaining. They have just

:45:05.:45:08.

played the territory game. The game has lost some shape with the

:45:09.:45:13.

injuries we have had. Perhaps that has played into Inst's hands.

:45:14.:45:17.

Methody with just over a minute remaining. They have it all to do.

:45:18.:45:22.

They have two turn it over and go 80 metres. Methody have won three cup

:45:23.:45:31.

finals in a row back on the late 80s. I think it was 1989, 1990 and

:45:32.:45:41.

19 91. Rhys O'Donnell is down injured. Conditions are pretty

:45:42.:45:43.

horrible out there. The rain is coming streaming down.

:45:44.:45:58.

Inst minutes away from their 32nd. One minute and a half to go, I can't

:45:59.:46:09.

get the sums right. Before they think they can get their hands on

:46:10.:46:16.

the cup at right for the 32nd time. They contested the very first final,

:46:17.:46:26.

way back in 1876. With a loss to Armagh Royal. Rhys O'Donnell leaving

:46:27.:46:29.

the field. On comes Robben They have made it three in a row for

:46:30.:47:14.

the first time since the 1940s. Niall Armstrong. Inst still taking

:47:15.:47:28.

it on. Final minute of this game. 70 minutes, silly me, thinking it was

:47:29.:47:29.

80. Here come the boys of RBAI. 20 seconds to go. All

:47:30.:47:50.

Inst have to do is hang on to the football. Armstrong. Armstrong is

:47:51.:48:01.

slotted into scrum-half, where he played for Ulster schools quite

:48:02.:48:09.

easily. They need someone to run. It is up, into touch. Inst, for the

:48:10.:48:16.

first time in 70 years have won three successive Ulster Schools Cup

:48:17.:48:24.

finals. The weather had a lot to say in this game. They gave the holders

:48:25.:48:35.

and three-time winner is such a tough game, Methody. The strength of

:48:36.:48:42.

the Inst pack, and the determination not to release this cup came through

:48:43.:48:49.

in the end. Full marks to Methody and likewise RBAI, a final affected

:48:50.:48:54.

by pretty dreadful conditions. In terms of commitment, strength and

:48:55.:48:58.

skills, a pretty decent cup final. Let's hope they'll come through this

:48:59.:49:03.

safely, MEC them playing again in the not too distant future at

:49:04.:49:07.

whatever level. There you go, there it is. The 2017 Schools Cup final,

:49:08.:49:17.

and for the third year in a row it will go to RBAI.

:49:18.:49:25.

Willie Anderson and Ian Humphreys with me in the studio watching that.

:49:26.:49:29.

Great second half, spectacular effort from both sides. Only a few

:49:30.:49:33.

points scored. In such terrible conditions. Both sides wanted to

:49:34.:49:40.

keep playing. Not many chances, but huge physicality. Many boys going

:49:41.:49:43.

down with cramp. How much effort they put in. It was a good

:49:44.:49:49.

old-fashioned dogfight out there. It really caught the imagination, the

:49:50.:49:52.

whole way through the second half. Could have gone either way. Methody

:49:53.:49:58.

with a few chances. Inst got back in the groove again. The last ten

:49:59.:50:04.

minutes, probably the better side. Inst trying to celebrate, but they

:50:05.:50:09.

are too tired. All out on their feet. The likes of James Hume, it is

:50:10.:50:15.

the third one for many of them, but the last game they will play with

:50:16.:50:18.

their mates. A lot of them enjoying the moment, savouring, and having a

:50:19.:50:24.

good night tonight. Let's hear from the winning captain, Michael Lowry.

:50:25.:50:30.

The winning captain, three times in a row, congratulations. Thank you.

:50:31.:50:36.

What was it like to watch the last 20 minutes from the subs bench?

:50:37.:50:40.

Really difficult, you want to be on the pitch. The boys really stuck at

:50:41.:50:44.

it, I'm so proud of them. They showed real effort and grit. People

:50:45.:50:51.

coming off the bench. Half of the bench could have been starting

:50:52.:50:54.

today. Really putting in a last shift. We are overwhelmed. Mixed

:50:55.:51:00.

emotions sitting on the bench. Shivering away. Incredible. It is a

:51:01.:51:07.

pleasure and a privilege to lead such a great bunch of boys. Three in

:51:08.:51:12.

a row, the first time Inst have done it since the 1930s. Incredible

:51:13.:51:17.

feeling permit before the game we did not think about it. We had a

:51:18.:51:23.

final game against Methody, our rivals from across the road. You

:51:24.:51:27.

think about a third win, look back on it a couple years from now. Great

:51:28.:51:34.

achievement. How is your knee? Hopefully get some ice on it, and

:51:35.:51:40.

rest up. Once I got hit, my whole leg seized up, getting cramp

:51:41.:51:43.

everywhere. Disappointing not to finish the 20 minutes. One of the

:51:44.:51:49.

players on the bench, getting out there for the last 20 minutes, then

:51:50.:51:54.

me popping along on one leg. I will let you collect the cup,

:51:55.:51:57.

congratulations. Looks like he's fit enough to go and live that are

:51:58.:52:03.

rather heavy trophy. Ian Humphreys, he has it all, young Michael Lowry.

:52:04.:52:09.

Very good again today. You saw how Inst lost their shape when he went.

:52:10.:52:15.

He made lots of clean break. Taking out of hand and distribution was

:52:16.:52:19.

excellent. As we see some of the brilliant play, you know the guy

:52:20.:52:26.

very well from your U19 work with Ulster. He's just a warrior, really

:52:27.:52:33.

good. Save a try in the first half. Made a crucial tackle in the second

:52:34.:52:42.

half, injuring himself. Such a fantastic player to coach. One of

:52:43.:52:47.

those days, strange for a schoolboy to have so much experience. He

:52:48.:52:53.

showed that today. You can see compare to the last couple of years,

:52:54.:52:57.

looks so comfortable. He knew what was going on from bringing players

:52:58.:53:00.

around him into the game. Comfortable on the pitch, let's see

:53:01.:53:03.

how the years lifting the trophy. They are on their way up the steps.

:53:04.:53:12.

COMMENTATOR: Mrs Dorothy Kingston, the wife of giving Kingston, of the

:53:13.:53:25.

sponsors RBAI Bank has been handing out the medals to the losers. Now

:53:26.:53:35.

the moment that every schoolboy rugby player really dreams about.

:53:36.:53:40.

Michael Lowry, coming up two years in a row, getting the medals,

:53:41.:53:46.

talking us through his team. Such an inspirational player for Inst, the

:53:47.:53:51.

young outside half, doing it three years in a row. The trophy will be

:53:52.:54:06.

presented by Mrs Maura McGivern. We will get everybody's names, getting

:54:07.:54:10.

the medals. Cramp was the order of the day, some boys limping. Just

:54:11.:54:17.

about coming through in the final. Neil Salters did not play two years

:54:18.:54:21.

ago. David Wallace on the bench a couple of years ago. All the squad

:54:22.:54:26.

coming up and getting medals. 23 medals presented. The oldest rugby

:54:27.:54:34.

competition in Irish rugby. It will be presented to the winning captain

:54:35.:54:43.

of RBAI, Michael Lowry. Used to be called the London United Hospitals

:54:44.:54:52.

Cup. This appointment on the faces of the Methodist College boys. Had

:54:53.:54:54.

not been in the final for three years. Spike this Inst victory, they

:54:55.:54:59.

are still the most successful side in the history of this competition.

:55:00.:55:12.

63rd final. On Inst's 57 final, they have won its 32 times. Absolutely

:55:13.:55:18.

brilliant from both sides. Really good day. Also, even though we are

:55:19.:55:31.

rivals, great deal of respect from both sides. We will go down to our

:55:32.:55:39.

man on the right-hand side of the war memorial site. Waiting for the

:55:40.:55:46.

wonderful treaty to be lifted, handed over to Michael Lowry. Seems

:55:47.:55:50.

to be enjoying himself up there with the microphone. Since he did not

:55:51.:55:54.

play a full game entitled to have a few words. In microphone is handed

:55:55.:56:01.

back. The trophy is presented. Moira McKibben hands over the Ulster

:56:02.:56:06.

Schools Cup to the captain of RBAI, Michael Lowry. For the third year in

:56:07.:56:12.

a row, Inst are the Ulster Schools Cup champions. Not a bad day. Great

:56:13.:56:23.

when that she'll goes up. Special experience, unfortunately I was on

:56:24.:56:28.

the pitch with Methodist college twice. Those boys deserved. Second

:56:29.:56:34.

half, Methodist College came back into it. Made a competition of it.

:56:35.:56:40.

Inst deserve it. You know these boys at this level, how much credit to

:56:41.:56:43.

both sets of players take? Fantastic. Really fantastic that it

:56:44.:56:50.

was a tremendous game. They need to score just before half-time, that

:56:51.:56:53.

was crucial, gave them relief in the second half. In fairness to them,

:56:54.:56:57.

they came out and use the wind, the advantage with the weather very

:56:58.:57:02.

well. Inst overall, particularly with Lowry, and standing. Thank you

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Willie Anderson, and Ian Humphreys. The state of youth rugby is very

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healthy. Congratulations to RBAI, it is their date, they have written

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their piece of history in this great competition, the Ulster Schools Cup.

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From all of us here, it is goodbye. In a breathtaking new series,

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wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson explores

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Ireland's wild Atlantic Way. I've always wanted to travel the

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length of Ireland's Atlantic coast, seeking out its secret places

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and wild creatures. This must be the greatest gathering

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of mammals in Ireland. They could be anywhere in the whole

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ocean but they choose to be here. I love the sounds

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of their breathing. Makes you see the country in

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a whole new light.

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The St Patrick's Day Schools' finals coverage begins with Gaelic's MacRory Cup final from the Athletic Grounds in Armagh, where seasoned campaigners St Colman's of Newry will be taking on the relative newcomers in St Mary's Magherafelt. Mark Sidebottom presents the action with Thomas Niblock on commentary.

Mid-afternoon codes switch to rugby from the Kingspan Stadium for the Schools Cup final where it's an all-Belfast affair, as Methodist College take on RBAI in the showpiece decider. Gavin Andrews presents match coverage, with commentary from Jim Neilly and pitch-side updates from Cain Murtagh.